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Happy Hardware Hound Halloween, with Star Wars

It’s that time of year again! Scary movies, trick’r’treating, costumes, candy corn, and a review done by a guy dressed as a Star Wars Character? You probably already saw the review for the NZXT S340 Elite VR ready case, but I bet you’ve never seen it like this. If you ever wondered how Kylo Ren would handle building a PC, then check out the video below. You can probably already guess, but the Hardware Hound reviews what makes the S340 Elite great. Happy Halloween!!!  


Enermax Platimax D.F. 500W PSU Review

Introduction Enermax has been making PSUs since 1990. Their mission statement for the past 25 years has been “Power, Innovation, and Design”. Power stems from Enermax being the first manufacturer to break the barrier of 1kW, Innovation for the continuous development of new technologies like “Twister Bearing Technology“, and the many awards won for design. I will be looking at a new PSU product with high-quality parts called the Platimax D.F. series, the 500W model (EPF500AWT). This PSU has some neat new features like Dust free Rotation, so let’s see how this PSU stands out among the crowded market of PSUs and what parts make this a quality PSU.

ENERMAX Introduces the STEELWING Aluminum Chassis

ENERMAX Introduces the STEELWING Aluminum Chassis October 18, 2016, Taoyuan, Taiwan – Bringing craftsmanship to the next level, ENERMAX officially releases STEELWING, a fully aluminum micro-ATX case with a panoramic tempered glass side panel. Its wing-shaped front panel with one pre-installed ENERMAX patented circular-type LED fan makes STEELWING not just a gorgeous computer case but also a modern decoration. Combined with the spacious interior, STEELWING offers a great flexibility for users to build their systems including hard-tubing installation. Exquisite aluminum craftsmanship Composed of a premium quality aluminum body and up to 3.5mm thick aluminum panel, the structure of STEELWING is built to last. The beautiful luster of aluminum makes STEELWING stand out from its peers effortlessly. Moreover, you can enjoy the view of your internal rigs anytime through the large panoramic 3mm thick tempered glass panel. The case surface is further anodized and sandblasted to keep it from corrosion and prevent fingerprints or scratches. Excellent heat dispersion and cooling performance The aluminum material of STEELWING provides up to 3 times faster heat dissipation compared to steel made PC cases. The semi-open design of wing-shape front panel with 7 stacked aluminum plates can optimize the airflow. With the front and top meshes and 1* pre-installed 12cm fan in the front, STEELWING serves as an excellent cooling enclosure for your precious hardware.   Spacious interior wit...

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NZXT S340 Elite VR Ready Case and Internal USB Hub Review

Introduction Alright, everyone! Let’s give a cheer for VR! When I say “V,” you say “R!” Ready? V!!!! ……. Admittedly, cheers work much better in person than in writing, but this doesn’t diminish the hype that went into the Virtual Reality launches earlier this year. The only problem is that sales didn’t reflect the hype that went into how great everything was supposed to be. Many factors may have attributed and while most are speculation, high prices for VR headsets seems to be the biggest obstacle to major adoption for the fledgling technology. There’s also the fact that people like me will never buy into VR because the motion sickness was real when I got to try my hand at it. That being said, it’s still pretty likely that VR will be a big deal soon enough. What Oculus and HTC managed to pull off is a great step towards an eventual widespread adoption. Even if it’s a bit slower to take off than expected, hardware manufacturers will probably put themselves in a good position if they have VR components ready for when consumers start really jumping on the bandwagon. In that light, NZXT has released a new VR ready case. The S340 Elite is more of an update from the notable S340 than a new release, but that didn’t stop them from making a great case for those who don’t have VR as well. In fact, adapting a previous design is a very smart way to prepare for changes at a minimal risk. We’ll...

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September News Round Up: Zen, Kaby Lake, GTX 1050 and More

How does a freelance writer keep up with everything happening in the industry when he has a full time job, a family, reviews to keep up with and a puppy in training? It’s worth pointing out that a lot has happened in the month of September this year. AMD has been making announcements about Zen, INTEL has had some details about Kaby Lake and NVIDIA is talking about the GTX 1050. Rather than try to keep up with every piece of news as it releases, we’re going to try something new by having a once a month update to catch you up on the things that are happening in the industry. Welcome to the PureOC Monthly News! On the last Friday of each month, we’ll pull together all the news that feels relevant and give a one stop location to get your info from. So without further ado, let’s get into what’s happened this month. CPUs, Motherboards and Chipsets  AMD Zen, Grey Hawk, X370 Chipset and A12-9800 We’ll start with AMD this time around since much of the anticipation of what will happen in the CPU sector relies on them. We got some more detailed shots of the new Zen chip and the 1331 pin design is confirmed. As far as new info is concerned though, we didn’t get much this month for that. The A12-9800 on the other hand had some very interesting leaks. Some performance scores showed up and even though the new AM4 chip is still using Steamroller cores, it has some reasonable improvements. What was really interesting was an overclocking result. So...


NZXT Releases the S340 Elite and Internal USB Hub

As the old saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” NZXT takes that saying to heart in what seems to be the best ways. Take VR for example. There are some features that can really help a case cater to that market, but that doesn’t mean a company has to completely redesign the wheel. The S340 Elite fits perfectly into this category, but that didn’t stop NZXT from adding extra improvements as well. For starters, the Elite adds a gorgeous tempered glass window for the side panel. Glass can pick up finger prints, but it’s really easy to clean with some window cleaner. It adds a classy touch to what is considered a workhorse of a case to begin with. There’s a magnetic puck to hold headsets and NZXT also improved the cable management system inside. Reviews will give us a better idea how well that works, but I have a feeling that it’s going to be a very welcomed improvement. On top of all of that, NZXT is giving us a new internal USB hub so you can be sure to have room for expansion. Check out the full press releases below for the rest of the details and check out the new VR ready case for yourself. S340 Elite When awesome gets even better: meet the S340 Elite Full-tempered glass side panel and virtual reality connectivity takes NZXT’s award-winning mid-tower to elite status. Los Angeles, CA – September 27, 2016 – NZXT today announces the S340 Elite, the most refined and elegant S340, that expands upon the mid-tow...


Enermax DigiFanless 550W

Introduction This will be the first fanless PSU unit I have reviewed. Digital PSUs are becoming more popular due to the control you have over the PSU with software and no noise. Enermax lately has been changing some things around for the better. They have been redesigning most of their products with better features, such as longer modular cables, better cable quality, and better case design. They have also made huge strides in their fan department. I know this because I have tested previous products and have seen the changes over time. Let’s see if this PSU with its unique marketing as a digital fanless PSU can make this product stand out among its major competitors. The specifications & features are as follows: Brand Name Enermax Item model number EDF550AWN Item Weight 8.1 pounds Product Dimensions 13.5 x 4.5 x 10 inches Item Dimensions L x W x H 13.5 x 4.5 x 10 inches Color Black Power Source corded-electric  


be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11

Introduction I have reviewed quite a few bequiet! products lately. The modern world of high technology requires constant refinement to advance. Today I will be looking over the 80PLUS Platinum certified Dark Power Pro 11 1000W power supply. Could it be the most technologically advanced PSU be quiet! has ever built ? Lets take a look and find out. The specifications are as follows: General Data Continuous power (W)- 1000 Peak power (W)- 1100 Form factor ATX 12V- Version 2.4 Form factor EPS 12V- Version 2.92 Modular cable management- Yes Topology- Full bridge + LLC + SR + DC/DC Voltage (Vac)- 100 – 240 Frequency (Hz)- 50 – 60 Input current (A)- 14 / 8 PFC- active Power factor at 100% load- >0.99 Compliant to Intel C6/C7 – Yes Compliant to Intel C6 mode- yes Power consumption in standby (W)- <0,10W Average life time (h / 25°C)- 100.000 Operating temperature up to (°C)- 40 Output 12V rails (multi-rail operation)- 4 12V single rail operation- yes Overclocking key- Yes +3.3V (A)- 25 +5V (A)- 25 +12V1 (A)- 32 +12V2 (A)- 32 +12V3 (A)- 40 +12V4 (A)- 40 +12V5 (A)- NA +12V6 (A) NA -12V (A)- 0.5 +5Vsb (A)- 3 Max. combined power 12V (W)- 996 Max. combined power 3.3V + 5V (W)- 150 Hold-up time (ms @ 100%)- 19,29 @ 100% load Fan / Cooling technology Fan type- be quiet! SilentWings® +SilentWings Motor technology- 6-pole fan motor Bearing technology- FDB Fan size (mm)- 135 Max. fan speed (rpm), temperature-dependent- 1,800 Temperature control for case fans...

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Hound Advice: Best Case for Cooling

Is it really the case, or is it all about the fans? Turns out it’s both. You need good fans, but you also need a case that supports lots of them. The Hardware Hound had a suspicion about what would be the best chassis for a system that generates a lot of heat, but now he has some testing that helps back up what experience was starting to show. Check out the video below so you can find out how to handle the heat, while still showing off all of the awesomeness in your build, as well as finding out what case seems to check both categories perfectly with crazy amounts of fan support. Don’t forget to like and subscribe, but keep checking back at PureOC for the latest news and reviews!

970 Pro Mid Range Guide

Guide to Best Mid-Range Gaming PC for Overclocking

Introduction Our site name implies that we deal with nothing other than overclocking. Obviously it would be impractical to only cover overclocking news and reviews, but it means that overclocking is the driving force behind almost everything we do with computers. Even though I understand that there are some good reasons, I’ve noticed that it doesn’t feel like overclocking has been the mainstay of our site recently. It’s time to change that! I’m not saying we’re going to quit covering gaming mice (You have no idea!), but I want to start steering PureOC back to what we’ve always loved about building computers. I’ve seen a lot of guides online for finding just the right components in a computer build. I’ve never found one that satisfies the overclocker in me! Rather than trying to complain about everyone else’s decisions, I figured it was time we bring our own guides for building a PC with overclocking in mind. We’re going to start by listing the best components you need for a great mid-range computer, but I plan to expand this with a high-end and budget range guide as well in the future. Each category will have one selection, but we might throw in an honorable mention if we feel like it was a particularly close contest. With mid-range, we’re trying to stay under $1000 while trying to deliver a full quality 1080p experience. I think we can do that fairly well right now. How did we come to these decisions? Obv...

Introducing Aurora & Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic RGB LED-strips

Introducing Aurora & Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic RGB LED-strips BitFenix Aurora (10th August 2016): With simplicity and elegance in mind, BitFenix introduce you Aurora chassis, midnight black and artic white. Aurora is designed for high end aesthetically pleasing builds with water-cooled systems carrying an elegant theme of curved lines and glass windows with “BitFenix RGB Chroma Control” and “BitFenix SSD Chroma” certified by “ASUS AURA” letting you take control of the illumination of your system. BitFenix Aurora comes with two high quality tempered black glass windows on either sides. The left side glass is tinted crystal clear to give a premium look to the system while showcasing the high end hardware of your build. The right side is tinted completely dark to have your cable management behind motherboard tray hidden. With tempered glass panels, cable management need to be easy, and with the large space behind motherboard tray and cable tie brackets, Aurora provides excellent cable management room. Tempered glass panels are designed to be held to the chassis when removing the screw preventing accidental falling. Thus the user only need to support them while removing the screws.   “ASUS AURA” certified “RGB Chroma Control and SSD Chroma” are co-developed with Asus Republic of Gamers giving you the ability to customize the SSD illumination colors with “AURA RGB illumination” on motherboard and BitFenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic RGB LED colors. The controll...

Aerocool Displays All New Silent PC Chassis at Gamescom

Airbrushed PC Chassis Anyone? Aerocool Displays All New Silent PC Chassis at Gamescom DS-230: Dead Silence 230, Pure Silence and Elegance Win an airbrushed DS-230 – see it at Gamescom Gamescom 2016, COLOGNE, Germany – Aerocool Advanced Technologies Corp., a leading PC gaming hardware and accessories design company, announced today the new Dead Silence PC chassis to be exhibited at Gamescom from August 18th till August 21st in Cologne, Germany. Aerocool will display the all new Dead Silence 230 chassis (DS-230) at the joint-exhibition booth with Caseking in Hall 8.1 booth location B051. Both gamers and media partners will be able to take a close look at these and other new products from Aerocool, which are exhibited at Europe’s most popular exhibition for games and hardware. Pure Silence and Elegance: DS-230 raises the bar After the great success of the Dead Silence series with its DS Cube, DS 200, and the DS case fans, a new member joins the award winning high-end product line. The new DS-230 inherits great features from the DS-200, such as the elegant exterior design and the superior passive noise cancelling capabilities. Both side panels as well as the removable top-cover are equipped with two layers of noise cancelling materials. The chassis features a new LED illumination with seven colors and three lighting modes – always on, breathing or pulsating to choose from. The illumination is connected to the pre-installed PWM fan controller for six fans, which emits a...


BE QUIET! Pure Power 9 600W

Introduction BE QUIET! continues to create exceptionally quiet products. They were awarded nine times in a row as manufacturer of the year in Germany while continuing to innovate. They create premium brand power supplies and cooling solutions for desktop PC’s. I’m going to be looking at one of their Pure Power series power supplies. This power supply is ideal for gaming, silent PC builds, and quiet multimedia home theater systems. Let’s see how silent this PSU can be, and see if it can provide enough juice for some decent overclocking. If you are not sure the amount of power your system needs, check out this PSU calculator on BE QUIET!’s site. The specifications are as follows: Engineering Two independent 12V-rails improve power signal stability Active Clamp + SR design improves efficiency and stability Four PCI express connectors for multi-GPU system configuration Full suite of top safety protections defends against over-currents, over- and under-voltages, short circuits, overheating and overloads High-quality sleeved cables simplify component installation, increase airflow and improve cooling All-in-one cable with convenient easy-plug HDD connector Energy Efficiency 80PLUS® Silver certification means very high operating efficiency for its class of up to 91% High efficiency means money savings, reduced waste heat, and overall quieter operation Standby drain of less than 0.11 watts Meets Energy Star 6.0 guidelines Fulfills ErP 2014 guidelines Zero ...


HSPC XL-ATX Top Deck Tech Station Review

Introduction If you swap out computer parts as much as I do, you learn to appreciate a tech station. The convenience of an open air test bench is brilliant. Highspeed PC is the true original of PC workbenches and for over a decade, they have been giving hardcore geeks easy access to their hardware. I will be building a XL-ATX Top Deck Station and showing how beneficial an open air test bench can be. The XL series is the best all-around PC test bench Highspeed PC offers and is highly customizable. Lets take a closer look at these claims, and see how an open air test bench can benefit you. The XL tech station features: The Top Deck brings the motherboard to the top level for easy access. 10 Add-in card expansion slots! Perfect for your 4-Way SLI/Crossfire motherboard. Neoprene on the lower deck makes for a great removable static-free work mat and non-slip storage for your optical drives, PSU, etc. Convenient, easy access storage of hard drives in a slide-in rail system under the upper deck. Choose between 3.5″ or 2.5″ HDD during assembly. Swap anytime! Or add a second set of Drive Rails in the options above. Each set holds either two 3.5″ or three 2.5″ drives. 120mm cooling fan pushes air over both motherboard and hard drives, while two more are dedicated to video card cooling. Add-in card support brace keeps cards firmly planted. 10 Nylon thumbscrews included. Rubberized feet, and solid heavy duty bench materials keep the bench right where you want...

FSP Introduces 700W PS2 Redundant Power Supply with 80 Plus Gold Efficiency

FSP Introduces 700W PS2 Redundant Power Supply with 80 Plus Gold Efficiency Achieves Highest Power Density of Any PS2 Redundant Power Supply June 23, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – FSP, the performance power specialist, is pleased to announce its new FSP700-70RGHBE1 PS2 redundant Power Supply. The FSP700-70RGHBE1 joins the FSP500-70RGHBB1 as the latest server-grade power supply from FSP. This time, two highly reliable 700W power supplies are offered, achieving 22.4W/in3 (watt per cubic inch,) the highest power density currently available in a standard PS2 redundant form factor. The two fully redundant, modular power supplies operate at 80 Plus Gold efficiency, and no specialized bracket is needed for installation. It is the first PS2 redundant which fits 80% of ATX chassis on the market without needing a special bracket. It’s compliant with both desktop ATX 12V and server EPS12V standards, suitable for many industrial PCs, and also compatible with rackmount server chassis 3U and above. It offers reliable, 24-hr performance at temperatures up to 50°C. 80 Plus Gold Efficiency in a Server-class Power Supply The FSP700-70RGHBE1 is a 80 Plus Gold certified switching mode power supply which uses active power factor correction and DC to DC convertors to provide stable, efficient power with low ripple and noise. It offers peak efficiency of 90% even when running at 50% load, saving significant operating costs. As a more efficient power supply, it lowers both electricity and cooling c...

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