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Intel Kaby Lake

It’s about Freakin’ Time! INTEL has an Unlocked i3

It’s not asking too much! Budget builders like to overclock their CPUs, even if they can’t spend $200+ on them. So INTEL releasing an unlocked version of their i3 lineup of CPUs is huge news, in spite of some of the other news that doesn’t seem so good lately. While an unlocked i3 is a great idea for the budget enthusiast, I’m wondering what this means for the i5. The i3-7350K has quite a few features going for it. Not only do we have an unlocked multiplier (Finally!), but we have 4 threads in 2 cores, a 4.2 GHz boost clock and 4 MB of L3 cache. This would make it an amazing budget chip and if it wasn’t for AMD working on ZEN, I might have to kiss the FX series goodbye entirely. If the chip prices at $180, that would be steep but it could range as far down as $150 which is much more reasonable. The big issue with this release is what it does to the i5. Both chips offer 4 threads, although the i5 at least has 4 individual cores. Still, I’d be surprised that the performance on an i5 would really justify the extra cost at this point. Where does INTEL go from here? I think INTEL could’ve have destroyed the CPU market if they had done one more change with their Kaby Lake lineup. Rather than release a chip that has 4 cores, what if the i5-7600K kept the multi-threading, but only had 3 cores? With 6 threads, you’d have the perfect middle ground processor that splits the difference between the i3 and i7. Each tier could have it’...



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Is INTEL Stalling Out?

A while back, I posted an article talking about what looked to be impressive performance gains coming from Kaby Lake. Performance leaks had been good to me up till that point, but now you can see my shame here. Today, a Chinese review of the i5-7600K has released ahead of NDA and the results aren’t looking good. Even though Kaby Lake has some minor improvements, the IPC performance is running the same as Skylake. Granted, this review is ahead of NDA which also means any tweaks INTEL planned before released aren’t being considered yet, but it’s really feeling like INTEL is stalling out when it comes to pushing the limits of performance. Honestly, releasing a new chip series that essentially has no performance improvement is probably worse than holding back performance for the sake of sales. Technically, Kaby Lake has almost a 10% performance increase, but that number is so minuscule that the average user will never notice it. If this was coming to the professional market, it would make a bit more sense since 10% increases can actually translate to added dollars. As it is, IPC improvements are the things that really make a computer feel faster, as proven by comparing the current FX series to anything INTEL has had in the past couple of years. The FX chip can get it done, but the INTEL one makes it feel a lot smoother while doing it, while pulling better actual performance numbers. IPC for the 7600K is showing the same performance as Skylake and even if som...



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 ...



BIOSTAR Unleashes New RACING Series Products in Thailand

BIOSTAR Unleashes New RACING Series Products in Thailand BIOSTAR Debuts Racing B150GTN motherboard and BIOSTAR SSD G300 to Thai Media and Power Users   October 11th, 2016, Bangkok, Thailand – BIOSTAR is excited to announce its formal launch of the SSD G300 series and the RACING B150GTN mini-ITX motherboard for the Thailand market. Held last September 27 at Bangkok, BIOSTAR unveiled its latest addition to its ever-growing list of solutions for gamers, power users and enthusiasts. The new products will be available in the Thai market via STREK. In attendance were Thailand’s media and power users who were treated to try the latest and greatest line-up of BIOSTAR’s RACING series as well as its mainstream series of motherboards and other products.   On display were numerous builds and systems in cooperation with various partners including Thermaltake, Apacer SSD & Memory, Cooler Master and AMD Radeon graphics which together with BIOSTAR showcased their excellent line-up of enthusiast products as well. BIOSTAR’s own Justin Wang addressed the attendees and states that “BIOSTAR intends to expand its line-up further and this is just us getting started. For now while we grow, we’re also showing our regional partners and customers that BIOSTAR is still committed in showing them that the company still invests in building a healthy relationship with them by holding this regional events and giving the opportunity to personally showcase our excellent products and give f...



Intel Kaby Lake

INTEL Kaby Lake has a 40% Single Thread Performance Boost!?!

When it comes to overclocking leaks, I’ve learned to take those with huge grains of salt. Websites love finding these ridiculous clock speeds and getting our hopes up that this is going to be the new normal for overclockers, until we find out that overclocking is pretty standard in the reviews after release. (Btw, Guilty!) On the other hand, preliminary benchmark leaks are usually close to what to expect when a CPU actually releases. If what Geekbench is showing is true, then Kaby Lake is about to blow everyone’s mind, but I’m gonna hold a bit of irritation for what this could mean about the previous generations. WCCFTech has an article showing the INTEL i7-7700K scoring a 6131 in single and 20243 multi-core scores. This ends up being a massive 40% increase over Skylake in the single thread department. The multi-core score is a 20% increase. This is the kind of thing people who’ve been holding on to the 3770Ks have been waiting for. What’s upsetting is the fact that INTEL managed to pull this out of the hat at the perfect time when Zen was about to release. This begs the question, “Has INTEL purposely been slamming minor 10-15% increases down our throat simply because they wanted to make more money?” I could be completely wrong on this, but there’s no escaping the feeling that team blue has been cash grabbing consumers for the simple reason that they could, rather than taking the high road of trying to push the boundaries wi...



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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AMD FX-6350 Overclocking Review

Introduction Wait! Where’s the Zen chips already? Just keep being patient a little longer because the new architecture is coming soon enough. On top of that, Zen isn’t going to replace every budget range when it first releases. Unless AMD has a surprise up their sleeves, we can only expect Zen to target the high-end at first. In the mean time, Piledriver chips will still be filling the other budget slots until the rest of Zen arrives. Today, we’re going to take a look at the FX-6350 and see how it does. Some of you may be thinking that the 6350 has been beaten to death in reviews and that would be pretty close to accurate. However, we do have the new Wraith Cooler bundled with this chip so that will give us a little bit of a new angle to look at. The other thing we want to do differently is abandon the stock clocks. This is Pure Overclock! Who needs stock clocks anymore? Seriously though, the FX-6350 has been around long enough that we have a great idea of how it performs, even overclocked. This will be more of a review in seeing how well the Wraith Cooler does in comparison to some other slightly heftier coolers. We’ll get into those details in a bit so sit back and enjoy a quick word about the philosophy driving AMD. At AMD, we live our core values through our actions. This helps drive our business. Being a socially and environmentally responsible business is an important part of AMD’s culture – The AMD Way. We believe that our employees are m...



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EVGA Z170 Classified K Motherboard Review

Introduction EVGA is still a fairly new company when it comes to parts other than graphics cards. They are primarily a NVIDIA partner and offer 24/7 tech support, which is kind of rare when it comes to computer hardware. Their mission is to create hardware through differentiation, intelligent innovation, market knowledge, and real-time operation. I will be looking over the EVGA Classified Z170 board from their motherboard lineup. Let’s see if this classified motherboard can stand out from the crowd of Z170 boards as described. Specifications Chipset – Intel Z170 SLI – 2-Way + PhysX SATA – 10 SATA 6G RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, JBOD USB – 2 USB 3.1 / 6 USB 3.0 / 2 USB 2.0 Memory Support – 4 DIMM Dual-Channel DDR4 3600MHz+ (up to 64GB) Capacitors – POSCAP/Solid State Ethernet – 1x Killer E2400 NIC / 1x Intel® Gigabit NIC Audio – 8 Channel High Definition Audio + Optical DisplayPort – 1x DP 1.2, 1x HDMI 1.4 Fan Headers – 7 (2 PWM, 5 DC / PWM) PCB – 6 Layers PCI-E Slot Arrangement – 1×16, 2×8+1×4+2×1 NVMe Support – Yes (PCI-E) Form Factor ATX Form Factor Length: 12in – 304.8mm Width: 9.6in – 243.8mm Features 300% more gold content in the CPU socket USB 3.0 Support SATA 6G Support 100% Solid State Capacitors EVGA Vdroop Control EVGA E-LEET Tuning Support EVGA EZ Voltage read points Onboard Clear CMOS, Power and Reset Buttons Onboard CPU Temperature Monitor Dual BIOS Support PCI Express 3.0 Support Supports Intel Core i3, ...



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ASRock Z170 Gaming K6+

Introduction   ASRock specializes in the field of motherboards, and they strive to build a quality product through concept and design. I will be looking at one of their Z170 boards which has carried over into their Fatal1ty gaming line. The Gaming K6+ which is aimed towards affordable gaming motherboards is an excellent choice even for enthusiasts. Let’s see if this board packs all the features you come to expect from a high quality Z170 board, satisfies the Fatal1ty series with its software and parts, and stands out among the several competitor Z170 boards on the market. The product specifications are as follows: General Gaming Armor CPU Power – Hi-Density Power Connector Memory – 15μ Gold Contact in DIMM Slots VGA Card – 15μ Gold Contact in VGA PCIe Slot (PCIE2) Internet – Killer™ E2400 LAN Cooling – XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink – Heat Pipe Design Audio – Purity Sound™ 3 Unique Feature ASRock USB 3.1 – ASRock Front USB 3.1 Panel (1 x USB 3.1 Type-A Port + 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C Port ) – ASRock Rear USB 3.1 Type-A Port (10 Gb/s) – ASRock Rear USB 3.1 Type-C Port (10 Gb/s) ASRock Super Alloy – XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink – Premium 60A Power Choke – Combo Caps (Nichicon 12K Platinum Caps) – Nichicon 12K Platinum Caps (100% Japan made high quality conductive polymer capacitors) – I/O Armor – Matte Black PCB – High Density Glass Fabric PCB ASRock Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3...



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...



BIOSTAR ANNOUNCES ITS COOLEST ITX BOARD YET: RACING B150GTN

BIOSTAR ANNOUNCES ITS COOLEST ITX BOARD YET: RACING B150GTN  Racing Series features in a small form factor August 11th, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR proudly announces the latest product to become part of the RACING series family of motherboards: the BIOSTAR B150GTN mini-ITX motherboard. This ultra-compact motherboard features all the best from the BIOSTAR RACING series with some new additions and packs them in its small form factor, perfect for gamers looking for a high-performance build with a small footprint, ready to take on the new games of today. Low-profile, Decked-out Features  The BIOSTAR RACING B150 GTN makes building powerful gaming PCs in the mini-ITX form factor more expressive and powerful thanks to the latest 6th-generation Intel Core processors, the RACING B150 GTN enables gamers to have the latest technology powering their systems for the best experience when they play. Next-generation storage via high-speed U.2 enables support for the fastest storage platforms of today to allow super-fast access to data so games load faster so you can get to the action quicker. The signature showcase feature that allows gamers to be able to show-off their personal style is back with the RACING B150 GTN with BIOSTAR’s exclusive VIVID LED DJ and 5050 LED FUN making it the world’s first mini-ITX motherboard with full RGB LED control for both onboard lighting and external lights. Both of these features allows customizable lighting for gamers who want a color-themed r...



AMD Press Deck CES 2016 (1)

The Moment we’ve All Been Waiting For: Zen shows a 38% Performance Boost!

Alright! Go ahead and grab a tiny pinch of salt just in case, but something VERY exciting has surfaced and it’s about as legit as we can get until Zen’s actual release arrives. We’ve heard AMD talk about the 40% IPC gain for some time, but that doesn’t translate into a real world performance scenario. However, WCCFtech just picked up a benchmark that finally gives us a lot of hope for the CPU market next year. Apparently an Ashes of the Singularity Benchmark leaked that had the new Zen chip as the processor. The chip was an engineering sample so it was only running a 2.8 GHz base and 3.2 GHz boost clock. While the benchmark results were standalone, WCCFtech took the opportunity to bench other processors using a similar setup (The RX 480 being the other key piece). While this won’t be as accurate as a full review, the new Zen chip easily performed above an i5-4670K while still falling behind the i7-4790. Here’s the big deal though. Against the previous FX-8350, the Zen chip has almost a 40% performance increase in this benchmark! Granted, this is early and across two different systems, but this is a good sign that Zen is going to reach expectations. Another thing that makes this a pretty big deal is the fact that the clocks seem really low for the average CPU nowadays. It’s very likely that these clocks are going to be higher once the chip actually hits the market. Even a 20% boost on the current clocks will likely push the chip ahe...



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Hound Advice: Setting up a UEFI RAID

Hey everyone! The Hardware Hound is back with a little more “Hound” Advice. RAIDs can be very impractical for normal everyday use, but that doesn’t stop some of us from wanting one anyways. However, if you deal with very large files, then RAIDs can be a mainstay of your builds to help increase performance or add redundancy to your data. Check out the video below to see how to set up a RAID that can also take advantage the UEFI boot for Windows. As always, let us know in the comments below, or in the forums, if there’s something you’d like to see some sound advice on and keep checking out PureOC for your hardware news and reviews!



Sabertooth 990FX R3.0

ASUS has the New TUF Sabertooth 990FX R3.0 Motherboard

Let me start by saying that I cover A LOT of AMD news. This is mostly because when I built my latest system in 2012, I ended up with the 8350 CPU due to the purpose and budget I had at the time. Don’t get me wrong, I would LOVE to get my hands on Skylake, but we all have to live with what have at the time. As it is, I’ve become very familiar with the 990FX chipset and the various motherboards. At this point, if you told me there would be ANOTHER 990FX motherboard, I would have told you I also have some ocean front property in north western Colorado for sale at an excellent price! However, ASUS is certainly releasing a new motherboard, it supports 220W CPUs, and at this point, one has to wonder why they would be releasing a board like this with Zen just around the corner. The Sabertooth R3.0 doesn’t just support 220W CPUs. It’s packed to the brim with awesome features that I can personally say I’ve never seen to this degree. ASUS has maintained the reputation of being the top overclocking board for FX chips since the Crosshair V Formula-Z and nobody has quite been able to take their crown. With this new board, we have the same power capability, but looks to be updated with not only better MOSFETs and chokes, but the option to install a 40mm fan blowing right on the VRM heatsink. Anybody who’s played with AMD knows how useful that is. The Sabertooth also doesn’t sacrifice expand-ability with added features. We still have a good ra...



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AMD Athlon X4 845 Review

Introduction Everyone may be waiting for Zen, but that doesn’t mean AMD doesn’t have a few more releases up their sleeves before the end of the year. The Athlon X4 845 is the latest budget minded chip to help pass the time until their new architecture arrives. What’s nice about the 845 is the fact that it uses the latest Excavator cores instead of the Steamroller ones. AMD designed the Carrizo architecture to put an emphasis on power efficiency, but ever since the backlash from Zambezi, single-thread performance is one of the first things people look for with new releases. We’ll certainly check that out but there’s something else that really needs to be pointed out in AMD’s new design choices. The stock cooler is the bane of CPU existence. They’re SOOO bad! With all that noise, inefficient cooling, as well as cheap designs, many feel like their hard earned dollars are slightly wasted with such skimpy designs. AMD is trying to change that by redesigning all of their stock coolers. Pure Overclock already got to check out the Wraith cooler and it was a hit. Now, we’ll get to also see how AMD’s lowest budget cooler performs as well. If Zen manages to complete the direction AMD is on, there is no doubt they will start changing the market in good ways. We’ll see how the Athlon X4 845 measures up, but before we do that, let’s take a quick word from team Red themselves. At AMD, we live our core values through our ac...






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