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Azza Titan 240

AZZA Titan 240 Case Review

Introduction Cases intrigue me more than any PC component with the exception of cooling units. When it comes time to settle on the perfect chassis, it can take me hours and I still never seem to have 100% certainty on my selection. Because of this, I’m always happy to see numerous manufacturers bringing variety to the market. AZZA is a company I’ve seen numerous times, but this is the first time I’ve been able to get my hands on one of their cases. The other revolution we’ve been seeing in the case market is the crazy amount of tempered glass cases that are being released by almost everyone. AZZA is no exception to this and there’s good reason behind it. The glass side panel goes a long way to making the case look far cleaner than any plastic one, while also making the components inside show through a bit clearer. The end result is a PC that looks a lot nicer than the Plexiglass type panels we’ve dealt with before. We’ll begin looking into how AZZA implements their design, but first let’s look at their statement to find out the philosophy behind the company’s designs. AZZA’s Mission is simple: Your satisfaction is our success! Jumpstarted with the Vision to build a premier corporate company that consistently exceeds the managed expectations of our customers, team members and partners, AZZA is driven by the Mission to provide the highest quality products of unmatched value, along with exemplary customer support. We...



CES 2017 Best of Show

CES may have their own awards, but we had our own ideas of who deserved the best of show from our trip. As always, let us know what your favorite picks were in the forums and stay tuned for more news and reviews coming in 2017!



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CES 2017: Geil, Deepcool, MSI, AMD Ryzen and Vega

CES 2017 coverage marches right along with another great set of show floors from some great companies. Geil showed off some excellent peripherals, Deepcool blew our minds with awesome looking cases and fans, and MSI continues to deliver great motherboards. However, we finally got to catch up with AMD and get a solid look at what to expect with the Ryzen and Vega releases. We have a little bit longer to wait before full specs arrive, but confidence is certainly rising in what team Red is trying to deliver. As always, check out the video below for the full details and don’t forget to leave some comments in the forums!



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CES 2017: HyperX, Enermax/Lepa, Gigabyte

The Hardware Hound continues his coverage of CES 2017! We’re already to the point that it isn’t quite what day it is, but how much we could fit in one episode for a given episode, so sit back, enjoy the hardware news and keep checking back because more is still coming. This time we get to see some more RGB RAM kits from HyperX, some great cases and reservoirs from Enermax, plus some excellent motherboards from Gigabyte. Does anyone smell some Z270 and X370 chipsets?



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CES 2017: Corsair, ECS, Ability 3D, ViewSonic

We’re bringing yet another new thing to you at PureOC this year with all new coverage of CES. Sure, we’ve covered CES before. but this time the Hardware Hound is taking the time to do full video coverage of as many stops as possible. 2017 is already beginning to look like a good year for PC builders, but check out the video below to get closer looks at hardware from Corsair, ECS, Ability 3D and ViewSonic. Keep checking back with the site for even more coverage as the week unfolds and leave your comments in the forums for anything you’re really looking forward to this year! Also, here’s a quick intro showing a bit of the trip there, as well as a quick peek at the Hardware Hound’s hotel command station…. or room if you prefer.



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The Hardware Hound and the Ultimate PC Case

Have you ever felt that chassis airflow needs to be improved? Or maybe you’ve bought a really great looking PSU, only to have it mostly hidden in the bottom of your case? How do you keep a Crossfire or SLI configuration cool if you don’t plan to put it under liquid? These are all questions The Hardware Hound has officially decided to tackle. Welcome to the build log of the Ultimate PC Case. The project involves building a case that not only has a strategically optimized airflow design, but also keeps the system looking amazing in the process. Check out the video below so you can get an intro to the project and stay posted to PureOC to keep up with the updates on the project. PureOC gives a huge thanks to NZXT for helping sponsor the project. Check out their site at the link below and we’ll catch ya’ next time! https://www.nzxt.com/



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NZXT Unleashes the Beast, the H440 Hyper Beast

I’m not a CS:GO player, but I know an awesome paint job when I see one. NZXT is releasing a limited number of custom painted H440 cases and if you love this artwork, you a better hurry. There’s only supposed to be 1,337 units made, but at $200 per case, I’m sure only the biggest fans will be clamoring to reserve the design. I have to say though, it looks like a great design and I hope we see more of this with other game titles as time goes by. Check below for the image gallery and the rest of the press release. Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles, CA – November 1, 2016 – NZXT today announces the H440 Hyper Beast Limited Edition, a very exclusive version of its classic H440. Developed in collaboration with Brock Hofer, graphic artist behind Hyper Beast, this case is focused at CS:GO fans. It features the fierce creature found on the CS:GO M4A1-S Hyper Beast weapon skin.This rare H440 is produced in a one-time production of 1,337 units, each with a uniquely numbered limited edition metal badge.“Being gamers at heart, we know how passionate gamers can be about their favorite titles. And even more so with the rise of in-game items customization featuring intensively sought-after rare skins. That’s why we decided to work with Brock Hofer to help CS:GO fans turn their favorite virtual skin into their own very rare build. With H440 Hyper Beast one can say that the beast is truly unleashed” says Johnny Hou, NZXT’s founder and CEO. H440 Hyper Beast main fea...



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LIAN LI PC-K5X PC Case Review

Introduction Finding a decent mid-tower case for around $50 is a pretty monumental task. I’ve done lots of budget builds for other people and every time, I’m given a budget of the aforementioned price or less. As a building enthusiast, I’ve found it difficult to find something that will have decent airflow, spacious quarters and fans that don’t have those ugly molex connectors. Needless, to say LIAN LI is a welcomed entry in this sector of the market. LIAN LI is known for the exceptional build quality of their cases. The PC-K5X will have to cut some corners, but having 3 pin connectors on the included fans is already a good sign. While this case isn’t the typical aluminum material we’ve grown accustomed to, there’s still many areas a case like this can shine when you look at some other budget options. We’ll need to take a full review approach to see how they do, but before we do that, let’s look at a statement from a company that seems a bit new to budget options. Lian Li Industrial Co., LTD was founded in 1983. We are one of the largest and most reputable manufacturer of aluminium PC case in Taiwan. With over twenty years of experience in the computer products field, our dedicated team of engineers, production specialists and administrative staff provide the finest quality accessories available on the market. In 1993, Lian-Li Introduced the new lines of computer hardware, including bracket ( for case & interface...



PureOC Monthly News

October News Round Up: SWIFTECH Apogee XL2, GAMER STORM Genome II, GTX 1050 Ti and More!

Welcome back to our second roundup of hardware news that happened this month. The CPU and GPU side of things may have slowed down a tad, but there’s a lot that happened with cooling and cases. Let’s dive in and get excited about what’s coming down the road! CPUs Let’s start out with an update on Kaby Lake. Geekbench came out with some impressive results and the story made it look like INTEL has merely been holding back for a while. Recently however, an i5-7500K sample was benchmarked and only showed about a 10% improvement over Skylake. This is actually pretty disappointing, especially considering that the 4970K is still a top tier single thread performer. On the plus side, it looks like all 100 series motherboards will be able to support Kaby Lake with a BIOS update, but I doubt many will see the need to upgrade from Skylake in such a short time table. At the time being, ASUS is the only brand this is confirmed for, but that’s a good indication that other manufactures will follow suit. We’re still a ways out from release so we can almost expect performance to fluctuate a bit more until closer to release. http://wccftech.com/intel-core-i5-7600k-kaby-lake-cpu-benchmarks/ http://wccftech.com/kaby-lake-support-asus-100-series-motherboards-confirmed/ GPUs The big news this month was the release of the GTX 1050 Ti and the 1050. Each GPU offers a great budget option for 1080p gaming while being extremely energy efficient. Rather than reinvent ...



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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!!!  



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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...



PureOC Monthly News

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...



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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...






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