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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...



Athlon X4 845 (10)

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...



BIOSTAR Racing to the Future with Dealer Conference in Vietnam

BIOSTAR Racing to the Future with Dealer Conference in Vietnam BIOSTAR Reaffirms Commitment to Vietnamese Market Expansion June 23rd, 2016, Hanoi, Vietnam – BIOSTAR is proud to announce its successful dealer conference recently held together with their Vietnam distributor, Anh Ngoc Trading Technic Informatic Company Limited, (ANC, http://www.anhngoc.com.vn ) Công ty TNHH Thương mại Kỹ thuật Tin học Anh Ngọc, who together with key dealers in the country served as guests in an evening of enjoyment and entertainment as BIOSTAR highlighted its undying commitment to the Vietnamese market, its clear direction for the country’s local landscape with its RACING and PRO series products. Attendants were treated to a gala night worthy of royalty as BIOSTAR showcases its new products including motherboards from the RACING and PRO line of products together with BIOSTAR graphics cards, including GTX1080, the VR ready graphics cards. “We’re thrilled to have organized another successful event in Vietnam this year” said Kevin Cheng, Global Marketing Manager at BIOSTAR. “BIOSTAR are committed to the Vietnamese market and look forward to many more events to come in the near future.” BIOSTAR distributor ANC also took to stage to welcome all their customers and elaborated on BIOSTAR being part of their core business and throughout their 15 years in the industry, Biostar has met their vision for a win-win situation for both clients and consumers. BIOSTAR and ANC expect...



BIOSTAR Teams Up with Apacer and Thermaltake to showcase High-End Gaming Machines

BIOSTAR Shows-off Ultra Gaming Machines BIOSTAR Teams Up with Apacer and Thermaltake to showcase high-end gaming machines June 20th, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is proud to announce its ultra gaming machines in partnership with Apacer and Thermaltake. Built around a BIOSTAR RACING Z170GT7 motherboard, these systems are built for the latest games and feature high-performance components all brought together by BIOSTAR motherboards. BIOSTAR RACING Z170GT7 Basing on the new Super 5 Design Concept, the RACING Z170GT7 flaunts the best of the entire BIOSTAR RACING series with its latest motherboard design features. This includes the all new RACING IO armor, carbon-fiber design treatment on the heatsink, checkered flag PCB print on a matte black surface treatment and Titanium-color RACING audio shielding. The BIOSTAR RACING Z170GT7 motherboard features BIOSTAR’s VIVID LED DJ which allows users to customize the lighting on the board’s heatsinks and PCB to reflect their personal style. Allowing multiple custom effects, gamers can configure their BIOSTAR RACING motherboard with custom lighting effects such as permanent (static), breathe, shine or shine & music (sound-reactive) to give their gaming machines a unique personality. For convenience, the BIOSTAR RACING Z170GT7 also features GT Touch functionality, onboard buttons that allowing switching between the built-in modes to the motherboard featuring their own lighting profile. Thermaltake Core P5 Built for makers, the...



GIGABYTE Launches New X99 and 100 Series Designare Motherboards

GIGABYTE Launches New X99 and 100 Series Designare Motherboards Engineered with the latest technology to enable the designer in you City of Industry, California, June 3rd 2016 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards is proud to announce today its new X99-Designare EX and Z170X-Designare motherboards based on the Intel® X99 and Z170 chipsets with support for Intel’s 5th and, current, 6th Gen. Core™ processor, respectively. Intended to help the designers bring their projects to reality, the Designare motherboards offer a blend of the latest technologies that will ensure creativity is never placed on hold. Today’s content creators require finely tuned computers that can produce results fast and efficiently, and with the release of the Designare Motherboards, GIGABYTE provides motherboards that meet the needs of these content creators with the right mix of features. With support for DDR4, better compatibility with Intel’s 750 series NVMe SSDs, as well as support for USB 3.1 over USB Type-C™, the new Designare motherboards are an ideal choice for high performance PCs that will meet the needs of today’s digital artists and engineers. “We understand that the 3D modelers, engineers, and content creators of this world require the most advanced technology they can get their hands on to help create a better world,” commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “With the X99-Designa...



GIGABYTE Announces New Motherboards and Brix at Computex

GIGABYTE Showcases New Motherboards and BRIX at Computex 2016 New Designare and Ultra Gaming Motherboards sets the standard for the Industry City of Industry, California, May 30th, 2016 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., A leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards is proud to present its new lineup of Ultra Gaming and Designare motherboards for the world to see. In light of the new Intel® 10-Core CPU, GIGABYTE has created three new X99 motherboards for users to experience the full power of this platform and not be limited by dated technologies. Those who are lucky enough to attend Computex 2016 will have the privilege to have an up close look at GIGABYTE’s Ultra Gaming Motherboards. These motherboards were designed to redefine the gaming experience, incorporating technologies that gamers from around the world have desired to see on a desktop system. Also among the Ultra Gaming Motherboards, GIGABYTE is also displaying a solution set built for Content Creators, Designers, and Artists, namely the Designare Motherboards. To witness what GIGABYTE has to offer this year, at the largest Asian ICT tradeshow, attendees can visit the Taipei World Trade Center, booth D0002 from May 31st until June 4th. Intel Releases the Latest in Multi-Core Computing Technology During Computex 2016 Intel® is debuting its latest and greatest Extreme Edition Processor. This processor is a 10-Core Desktop CPU which features improved compatibility and features such as Turbo Boost Max 3...



ECS Launches a Motherboard for a “More Civilized Age”

Computex is in full swing and there’s more hardware announcements than a news site can shake a stick at. Still, we cover what we can and what particularly caught my eye was the new Lightsaber board from ECS. While they aren’t known for gaming motherboards, this looks like a solid release from the company. The no frills layout will likely have less features than competing boards but it also has a good chance of being very cost effective. What’s important is what appears to be a solid VRM design with a good heatsink covering them. Add some RGB illumination and this is certainly a board an overclocker can be interested in, if the price is right. Check out the press release below for more info and a look at the new Liva mini PCs. ECS launches brand new LEET GAMING motherboard & LIVA mini PC @Computex 2016 Illumination LED and Killer Gaming network – Z170-LIGHTSABER, LIVA Pro with MINI STX solution [Taipei – Taiwan] Elitegroup Computer System (ECS) proudly introduces its brand new LEET GAMING motherboard Z170-LIGHTSABER and LIVA Pro mini-PC in 2016 Computex. Z170-LIGHTSABER adopts the Killer E2400 Gaming high-performance Gigabit Ethernet Controller that prioritizes bandwidth automatically to decrease gaming latency. It implements an independent power solution and Nichicon audio capacitors to provide better audio quality. In addition, it features Illumination LED with 7 colors to go well with your gaming components and chassis! ECS launches new LIVA mi...



BIOSTAR at COMPUTEX 2016: Let’s Race to the Future

BIOSTAR at COMPUTEX 2016: Let’s Race to the Future You are invited to the most intense and fast-paced booth at Computex May 20th, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is excited to invite everyone to their booth at COMPUTEX Taipei 2016 where BIOSTAR will exhibit its exciting lineup of products including motherboards, VGA and IPCs during May 31st (Tue) – June 4th (Sat) 2016 in Nangang Exhibition Hall (4th floor, booth number M1213a). BIOSTAR’s focus in this showcase is its latest flagship RACING series motherboards, which is their theme for this year’s design along with the slogan of LET’S RACE TO THE FUTURE to highlight the pursuit into tomorrow’s experience. BIOSTAR will be showcasing its full line-up of RACING series motherboards including the latest Intel LGA1151 motherboards. The BIOSTAR RACING series features the latest innovations and technologies from BIOSTAR and visitors can check out for themselves these exciting new features during COMPUTEX 2016. BIOSTAR VGA will also be on display demonstrating some of the excellent graphics cards to complement its motherboard lineup. BIOSTAR IPCs are also on display for specialized applications featuring excellent innovations and reliable technologies including the Smart Locker. Visitors will get to experience first-hand the thrill of BIOSTAR RACING series motherboards powered by BIOSTAR VGAs with RACING machines present at the booth to try out. Race against time and enjoy the high-speed thrill with these machines l...



FX-9590

AMD FX-9590 Overclocked Review

Introduction Back in 2013, AMD released a chip that had many scratching their heads. Between the abnormally high TDP and ridiculous price tag, everyone thought the company had lost their minds. In hind sight, it’s easy to see that AMD hadn’t found their new direction yet, and they were ensuring that a chip of this magnitude could be successfully handled in a consumer market. The good news about the 9590 is, in spite of being considered a failed launch, it still worked out to be a decent chip and it certainly opened the door for future releases with high TDPs. Energy efficiency kind of gets thrown out the window with overclocking, and an ultra-enthusiast version of Zen is something I would certainly look forward to today. Having followed this release for years now, the biggest thing that bugged me was only getting to see the limitations of the chip tested on 240mm AIOs. The question on my mind was, “Could someone get reasonably past the 5.0 GHz barrier if they had some uber cooling?” AMD was kind enough to send a sample my way and let me have a go at it. To be clear here, this isn’t just trying to reach 5.o GHz and run a couple of tests. The real test of the 5.0 barrier is if a user could run that as a 24/7 clock speed, and be able to do so with a fairly easily involving just a multiplier changes. With that in mind, let’s begin looking into how the experience went, the results of the tests, and just how worth it a 9590 would be for the ...



BIOSTAR H110MD PRO D4 Motherboard Announced

BIOSTAR H110MD PRO D4 Motherboard Announced  Increased performance, reliability and stability for system builders April 29th, 2016 Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR proudly announces its latest PRO Series motherboard addition: the BIOSTAR H110MD PRO D4. This motherboard allows system builders to utilize DDR4 memory modules with their builds to accommodate the transition from DDR3 to DDR4 and gain the benefits of the newer standard including lower operating voltages and higher speeds at lower latencies. The BIOSTAR H110MD PRO D4 supports the latest 6th-generation Intel Core processors and uses the H110 chip supports DDR4-2133 and DDR4-1866 memory modules of up to 32GB capacity. The board integrates the core features of the BIOSTAR PRO series notably the Tough Power Enhanced power design for improved stability and AudioArt capacitors that deliver an incredible listening experience versus similar motherboards. The BIOSTAR H110MD PRO D4 strikes a perfect balance of price and features. Allowing support for modern technology, users now gain the benefit of modern standard to help them setup a robust and reliability system for their daily needs for both work and entertainment. BIOSTAR PRO Series Features BIOSTAR 6+ Experience   The new BIOSTAR PRO Series will carry on the exclusive BIOSTAR 6+ Experience feature set which delivers the best BIOSTAR has to offer: Speed+, Audio+, Video+, Durable+, Protection+ and DIY+. Specification Read more about BIOSTAR H110MD PRO D4 at: http://www.bios...



BIOSTAR Brings Naval Warfare to the Next Level for World of Warships

BIOSTAR Brings Naval Warfare to the Next Level for World of Warships  Take to the seas armed with BIOSTAR in your arsenal April 25th,2016,Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR in cooperation with Wargaming proudly announces the superb gaming combination for World of Warship. Engage in historical, naval combat in this highly-anticipated free-to-play title and dominate the seas. World of Warships puts you in command of the most iconic warships in history as you take on other players in this exciting combat game. Choose from four ship classes, upgrade your ship with a myriad of parts and commence your salvo against the enemy in an exciting battle of strategy and tactical gameplay that only World of Warships brings.   Your Loadout for this Mission BIOSTAR gives you the right tools to conquer the high seas. Enjoy the stunning visuals of World of Warships and get the best performance with the latest BIOSTAR gaming components. An excellent combo, the BIOSTAR RACING Z170GT7 not only races through land but through the seas as it takes your warship and you to a whole new level of performance while the BIOSTAR GEFORCE GTX 960 gives you the best of what World of Warships has to offer, allowing you to crank up the detail settings and enjoy the game at its full, visual glory with stunning fidelity. Download World of Warships for FREE at: http://worldofwarships.asia/en/content/game/   RACING Z170GT7 Specifications Super 5 Design Biostar has built the RACING series motherboard from the ground up,...



Colorful Introduces the iGame Z170 Ymir-X

Colorful Introduces the iGame Z170 Ymir-X Gaming Motherboard Best in class features for high-performance gaming   April 25th, 2016 Taipei, Taiwan – Colorful Technology Company Limited, professional manufacturer of graphics cards and motherboards, proudly debuts its high-end gaming motherboard: the iGame Z170 Ymir-X for the latest 6th-generation Intel Core processors. As part of the iGame family of high-performance products intended for gamers and enthusiasts, this board sports the most sought-after features for the best gaming experience. Sporting a rich arsenal of features, the iGame Z170 Ymir-X motherboard is built to let gamers experience the best from Colorful with powerful hardware built and designed for the most demanding gamers. Featuring 14-phase power delivery design for stable and reliable power delivery, complimented by 10K black gold solid caps and SANYO tantalum capacitors.   iGame Z170 Ymir-X Features Robust power delivery – 14-phase power design built with reliable, high-performance components for excellent stability and reliability   KillerLAN – Killer E2205 gaming-grade network for optimal network performance and bandwidth traffic management Gamer Voice – professional Hi-Fi audio system featuring 120dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) hi-fi chip for clear and high power audio together with Nichicon Japanese capacitors. Clear audio output – dedicated USB audio ports for stable 5v voltage delivery for clear and distortion-free USB audio a...



BIOSTAR Announces Dual BIOS Feature on Racing Series Motherboards

BIOSTAR Announces Dual BIOS Feature on Racing Series Motherboards Maximum system protection and convenience for enthusiasts April 15th, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is proud to announce that all BIOSTAR RACING Series motherboards are designed with utmost protection in mind with the new BIOSTAR DUAL BIOS feature. There’s numerous advantage to having multiple BIOS in a motherboard and BIOSTAR has carefully crafted the DUAL BIOS feature to meet the needs of enthusiasts and power users as well as everyday users. DUAL PROTECTION with Two BIOS Chips With two physical BIOS chips, BIOSTAR motherboards allow two independent BIOS ROMs to be booted from. This provides a safety feature as well as a convenient tool for overclockers who might encounter system stability issues during system tweaking as well as troubleshooting possible issues caused by corrupted ROMs or a hardware failure. BIOS viruses that may attack the ROM are also mitigated as one can fall back to the secondary BIOS for system recovery. Users may run different versions of BIOS ROMs independently for maximum compatibility. How to Use Dual BIOS? To use Dual BIOS, select the desired ROM (ROM1/ROM2) via the onboard switch and power on the system. Be sure to note the active BIOS when you want to flash an update or reflash the existing version. The Dual BIOS allows you to choose one of the BIOS ROMs (ROM1/ROM2) for booting up. If you want to flash BIOS ROM, please make sure the Dual BIOS switch is set to the BIOS ROM ...



AMD Fx

Is the New AMD Right Around the Corner?

Rumors are flying everywhere about Polaris, Pascal, Zen and even Kaby Lake. While I love following the rumors, not much is being leaked that gives a concrete idea of performance, price, etc. What is catching my eye is what AMD is doing right now. Last week gave us the release of the 16.3 drivers. The release schedule on these drivers is certainly improving, but what really caught my eye was some of the fixes. The bug list is getting smaller and that’s the kind of improvement enthusiasts like to see in drivers. We have to wait for Polaris and Zen to know if AMD’s financial future will look brighter in the years to come, but the things I’m seeing now indicates that they are already turning things around for the better. I already touched on the 16.3 Crimson driver, but I will elaborate further on that. The bug fix I’ve been closely watching is one that involved AMD GPUs losing their clock speed settings during use. This is kind of a big deal and I was fairly certain this was affecting those who were overclocking their video cards. March’s driver fixed that issue and it’s off the list of known issues. In fact, the known issues seem pretty minor now, with most issues related to new game releases. There is the issue of the Gaming Evolved app causing games to crash that I’m hoping get’s resolved soon, but that’s mostly because it keeps crashing my WoW. At least it’s easy to close for temporary fix but for those who use...






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