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They’re Here! They’re Here! They’re Finally Here!!! Samsung Launches HDR Monitors with FreeSync 2

I’ve been praising the wonderful beauty of HDR panels for over a year now and finally, at long last, I have the first glimpse of an official release of an HDR monitor that also feels attainable. I get the fact that there may be some HDR monitors that have released that I don’t know about yet, but from what I can tell there are only high end 4k versions out or they’ve been announced, but haven’t quite launched yet. Well this morning, I received an email not only talking about the launch of FreeSync 2 displays, but also saw that Samsung was including HDR in that mix with a brilliant range of options for the budget. For starters, we of course have an enthusiast model that comes with an ultra-wide 49 inch display in the CHG90. Think of it as a double 1080p screen that would be about the equivalent of two 27″ displays. For FPS titles, I can imagine the peripheral vision on this screen would be excellent, especially since it includes an 1800R curve to further help see the screen corners. The actual resolution is 3840 x 1080 and it sports a standard 144 Hz adaptive sync refresh rate. The other two displays only differ by having a standard 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1440p resolution. Naturally, I’m already super excited about the HDR support and FreeSync 2 is just even more of a huge bonus, but it’s the price of the 27 inch CHG70 that really surprised me. At $599 for launch, I actually see HDR displays as being much more affordable than I ori...



Asus Strix Brings FreeSync Gaming Monitors into the ROG Family

I haven’t covered a ton of releases from Asus and there’s a couple of reasons for that. For starters, I don’t get PRs from them which always makes it a bit more difficult. On top of that, much of their products revolve around GPUs and motherboards, which have a plethora of releases from numerous companies making it hard to keep up. So while Asus does have plenty of great things worthy of notoriety, the news of new Strix monitors was impossible for me to pass up based on some features I’m seeing. First and foremost is the fact that these guys have brilliant RGB lighting on the back of the panel. We’re one step closer to that RGB lighted printer I need to have to complete my room. I love this feature simply for the looks, but if the glow is strong enough from the back, it can also help with eye fatigue by setting it to a hue that matches the screens. One of the models has a 240 Hz refresh rate and while I can’t buy into the hype just yet, I’d love to see that range for myself to see if it’s noticeably smoother than 144 Hz. Even then, the real reason I wanted to post this is the Strix XG27V. Sure, this isn’t the flashiest, but I think Asus hit the nail right on the head by giving the perfect balance of features. The resolution is cut down to normal 1080p, the refresh range has a 144 Hz peak and the screen has a 1800R curve with 27 inches of real estate. I think this gives gamers the perfect balance of the best features ...



Is Nvidia Faking HDR? I don’t think it’s that Simple

News stories are popping up about Nvidia deliberately worsening an SDR monitor that was being compared to an HDR one to make the new technology stand out better. Has Nvidia really stooped to faking a showcase just to push new technology on consumers? If that’s the case, then maybe HDR isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be and we can pull out our torches, our pitchforks and begin hunting down team green for trying to mislead us. On the other hand, I really think there’s way more going on than what meets the eye and even though wild speculation will ensue, I have solid experience leading me to believe that Nvidia was genuinely trying to give a realistic representation, even if their methods were questionable. Let’s start out with how this Computex display from Nvidia was found out in the first place. Hardware Canucks was granted access to the monitor settings and upon restoring factory settings on the SDR monitor, it looked much better than before, even looking better than the HDR display. One thing that makes total sense is that a reviewer would look at the SDR monitor and pick up on something being wrong right away. After restoring better settings, the SDR panel looked significantly better than HDR and it could easily be concluded that the new technology is being over-hyped. Hardware Canucks released a video and the story began spreading across the tech sites. That said, they do plan to have a follow up on the subject when they review an LG H...



CES 2017: RBT, Samsung, Nvidia, Intel

This is it, the last bit of our coverage of CES 2017. We’ll have one more piece that will go through our top picks, but this is the last of the show floors we were able to get to. We had a mouse that’s trying to put an end to carpal tunnel, some great storage and monitor solutions from Samsung, the HDR display I’ve been dreaming of and some better explanations of what is going on with the architecture in Kaby Lake. CES 2017 was a great show and it sets us up for a great looking year for PC hardware. As always, feel free to leave your comments about what you loved in the forums and keep checking PureOC for more upcoming news and reviews!



ViewSonic XG2703-GS Gsync Monitor Review

Introduction ViewSonic is a company that is about customer focus and quality. If you’re curious about the three birds; They are Gouldian Finch Rainbow birds. These birds represent eye-catching colors and are a visual beauty. When James Chu founded ViewSonic he used these birds for the companies logo to symbolize beauty, color, and quality. ViewSonic has some very appealing monitors today and they have come a long way from when they started in 1990. There is nothing better than feeding a high-end GPU a high-end monitor. If you have a relatively new graphics card, you’re going to want a high-end monitor. With features like high refresh rates, better color quality, and stunning resolutions, the difference can be seen and felt. ViewSonic was primarily selling FreeSync monitors, which are for AMD cards. FreeSync was developed to compete with Nvidia’s Gsync technology. These technologies were developed to combat against screen tearing and the input lag that comes from Vsync. Today I will be looking at ViewSonic’s XG2703-GS, which is the companies first Gsync monitor. Let’s see what this monitor has to offer as far as features and if the technology it offers is worth your investment.



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...



Supersized 4K UHD – New Philips 43-inch Display with 4K UHD Resolution and 4K MultiView Feed

Supersized 4K UHD: New Philips 43-inch Display with 4K UHD Resolution and 4K MultiView Feed  Largest display yet in Philips 4K UHD display line-up UltraClear 4K UHD resolution for greater precision and detail MultiView 4K for four systems on one screen Supersized 4K UHD: The new Philips BDM4350UC Amsterdam, 26 April 2016: MMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, announces a new addition to the line-up of Philips 4K Ultra HD displays. At 43 inches, the latest display is the largest in the range to date, and delivers the same brilliant 4K UHD viewing experience, detail and precision as its siblings. This extra-large desktop provides professionals with more space than ever to work. With MultiView 4K support, it is also possible to stream input from four different sources simultaneously without compromising on the sense of space that a display of this size creates on the desktop. Quadruple clarity and extra productivity The new BDM4350UC Philips display uses high performance panels to deliver UltraClear 4K UHD images: at 3840 x 2160 pixels, this is four times the resolution of Full HD, and four times the clarity. The display makes images and graphics come alive, whatever the application. CAD engineers can zoom in on the fine detail of intricate designs. In geo-exploration, the scientific images are presented with more clarity than ever. Financial experts pulling together data into vast, complex spreadsheets can keep everything in vie...



AOC Introduces First AGON Series Premium Gaming Monitor

Introduces First AGON Series Premium Gaming Monitor The AOC AG271QX is a high-end QHD gaming monitor with 144 Hz and 1 ms, addressing the needs of demanding, competitive gamers Amsterdam, 28 April 2016 – AOC, one of the top global brands in the display market, recently presented their premium line of gaming monitors – the AGON series. Its first model is the 27″ (68.6 cm) AG271QX powered by a high-speed TN panel at a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. It delivers ultra-smooth images with a 144 Hz refresh rate and a response time of 1 ms, supported by Adaptive-Sync Technology (FreeSync™ compatible, at a 30-144 Hz range) that reduces stuttering and tearing – focusing on the best gaming performance. Gamers that play competitively not only rely on fast and smooth images, but also on instantaneously-executed commands and perfect vision in every situation. The AOC Low Input Lag mode disables picture post-processing on the monitor’s electronics and, therefore, accelerates the command pass-through from mouse, keyboard and gamepad to result in immediate actions while the AOC Shadow Control enables gamers to quickly adjust contrast in overly dark or bright areas without sacrificing the quality of well-balanced areas across the rest of the screen. Gamers that never run out of steam would also want perfect ergonomics and to be able to rely on convenient features to adjust their monitor. The AOC AGON ergonomic base provides plenty of comfort when enabling adjustmen...



Sustainable office: A look at energy labels, green packaging and energy saving monitors

Sustainable office: A look at energy labels, green packaging and energy saving monitors Amsterdam, 23 February 2016 – Creating a sustainable workplace is becoming increasingly important for both professional and home users alike. Today, opting for energy-efficient, sustainably-produced technology is not only understood as being good for the planet, but also of benefit to users who can, for example, save ongoing electricity costs by choosing a monitor with low energy consumption. But considering the diverse certifications and eco-saving functions that currently exist in the various displays on the market, users often have trouble distinguishing the specific differences in eco-friendliness. To help make this task a little bit easier, AOC will this year present an overview of selected environmental certificates and eco-friendly monitor functions to assist users in their decision to make their workstation more sustainable. Low energy consumption, zero power switch and certified with important ecolabels: most AOC monitors such as the I2475PXQU are easy on the environment and save energy costs EnergyStar 6.0 – Lower energy consumption While there are several international and regional environmental certificates, users interested in exploring the sustainability of their current or future monitor will most likely come across the EnergyStar, TCO and EPEAT labels. The EnergyStar 6.0 certification mark hereby primarily provides information on the energy consumption and efficiency...



AOC curved 35″ monitor immerses gamers more than ever before

AOC curved monitor immerses gamers more than ever before AOC C3583FQ comes with 35 inches, a refresh rate of 160 Hz and a mind-bending curvature of 2000 mm Amsterdam, 19 January 2016 – AOC, one of the top global brands in the display market, presents a 160 Hz curved gaming monitor that gives users a fully immersive experience for games, streams, movies and more – the AOC C3583FQ. When gamers feel surrounded by their virtual world it is a more complete viewing experience. That is exactly what the AOC C3583FQ does: With a radius of 2000 mm it is more curved than other conventional curved monitors, providing an outstandingly high level of immersion to gamers. mposing 160 Hz and a radius of 2000 mm: the AOC C3583FQ curved gaming monitor This exciting new experience is supplemented by an extremely fast refresh rate of 160 Hz, Adaptive-Sync technology (compatible with FreeSync™, with a 45 to 160 Hz range out of the box) and Wide Full HD resolution (2560 x 1080 pixels), which results in an ultra-smooth gaming experience without image tearing, stuttering, input lag or blur. In addition, this monitor features two HDMI (MHL) ports and two DisplayPort inputs, thereby meeting cutting-edge connectivity standards. More enhancements for eyes and ears Equipped with an MVA panel that displays a deeper black and higher contrast of 2000:1, the way that all types of content looks is further enhanced when compared to TN panels, while still maintaining a considerably quick response time o...



AMD Displays the Brightest Display Future I’ve Seen at CES 2016

4k is all the rage these days. Everyone is trying to get a single GPU to be able to play 60 FPS on a 4k display with modern titles. But what if I told you that you really don’t need 4k? You’d probably be asking me to show you the red and blue pills as well. The reality though is that in spite of all the 4k resolution displays and high definition VR experiences I saw, the thing that impressed me the most was a simple 1440p display that was absolutely gorgeous to look at. Oh, and I got to find out about some new CPUs and stock coolers as well. Let’s start out with this notion of unnecessary 4k resolution. There are two main details in display technology that are integral to a better viewing experience and I’m going to try to sum them up as basically as possible, with the understanding that I was able to muster. First, the display has to be manufactured as HDR. Simply put, it means that the display gives the widest range possible from lights and darks. OLED screens are great at this because they can dim individual pixels, hence the “High Dynamic Range” (HDR), so darks and lights contrast well. Also, the TV has to be programmed to support HDR so that it can properly display it. If this sounds difficult, this technology is actually already part of numerous displays in production from companies like LG. However, there is one other key component. Most pixels are designed to create colors using the RGB spectrum, but this standard has been around...



AOC display highlights at CES 2016 in Las Vegas

CES 2016: AOC shows 160 Hz curved gaming monitor, Quantum Dot display and next-gen 4K monitor in Las Vegas Amsterdam, 15 December 2015 – From 6 to 9 January 2016, display specialist AOC presents a full range of its newest display innovations at CES 2016 in Las Vegas: Visitors will find a new curved gaming model, a 4K display with HDMI 2.0, colourful images powered by Quantum Dot and unique designs at the booth. 35″ curved gaming display with 160 Hz: the AOC C3583FQ Immersive gaming Be drawn into an even more intense gaming experience! The new AOC C3583FQ 160 Hz gaming monitor premieres at CES. It comes with a 35” (89 cm) curved panel to frame the player’s field of view completely and engages him or her even more in the action. The integrated Adaptive-Sync technology is FreeSync compatible and together with the 160 Hz refresh rate will get every gamer’s pulse racing thanks to smooth, lag-free images without screen tearing or ghosting effects. Impressive colour explosion with Quantum Dot technology The AOC I2771FM9 with Quantum Dot technology will impress visitors with its vivid and brilliant image quality. Whether movies, videos or photos: the 27” (68,6 cm) IPS display provides an extremely wide range of colours and makes slide-shows, photo and video editing even more satisfying for users. Crystal clear details and high-speed HDMI 2.0: the AOC U2879VF 4K monitor Super-smooth 4K playback and editing with HDMI 2.0 AOC will also present a new 4K highlight at the st...



AMD FreeSync is Advancing, Adding New Features

The evolution of AMD FreeSync AMD is enabling FreeSync support over HDMI in early 2016, making smooth gaming experiences more accessible to everyone. FreeSync through HDMI will be supported on all AMD APUs and GPUs that already support FreeSync via DisplayPort, and AMD is working with ecosystem partners including LG, Samsung and Acer to deliver FreeSync over HDMI-compatible displays. Potential use cases include: More affordable mainstream monitors, 70% of which lack a DisplayPort connector External monitors for notebooks with an HDMI port connected to FreeSync-ready Radeon graphics AMD is also introducing the first notebook with a validated AMD FreeSync panel, the Lenovo Y700, which is exclusively available from Best Buy USA starting at $899. The Lenovo Y700 features the AMD FX-8800P “Carrizo” APU and Radeon R9 M380 Graphics with a direct drive LCD display and a 40-60Hz dynamic refresh range. AMD and its partners have now announced or shipped 40 displays across the DisplayPort and HDMI interfaces, making AMD FreeSync the world’s foremost dynamic refresh technology by 2:1. High Dynamic Range (HDR) compatibility As consumers start to demand higher-quality monitors, HDR technology is emerging to set an excitingly high bar for overall display quality. HDR panels are characterized by: Brightness between 600-1200 cd/m2 of luminance, with an industry goal to reach 2000 Contrast ratios that closely mirror human visual sensitivity to contrast (SMPTE 2084) And the Rec.2020 col...



AOC presents new IPS displays with asymmetric stand – unique design meets supreme image quality

Unique design meets supreme image quality: AOC presents new IPS displays with asymmetric stand Amsterdam, 6 October 2015 – Display specialist AOC extends the range of its Style line displays with two new models, which are a feast for the eye even when turned off: the nearly borderless design of the AOC I2481FXH (23.8″ / 60.5 cm) and AOC I2781FH (27″ / 68.6 cm) combined with a unique asymmetric metal stand make them stand out from the crowd. But they really come into their own when switched on: their IPS panels ensure highest-grade colour fidelity, sharp contrasts and stunning details for simply brilliant images. High-class design and picture quality: the IPS monitor AOC I2481FXH with asymmetric stand Unique, premium stylish design The 23.8″ (60.5 cm) AOC I2481FXH and the 27″ (68.6 cm) AOC I2781FH make a bold design statement with their asymmetric metal stands, a feature unique to these AOC monitors. To add to their good looks, both feature ultra slim, nearly borderless frames: the bezel of the 23.8″ AOC I2481FXH is a mere 7.5 mm wide, whereas the 27″ I2781FH model’s is just 9.9 mm slim. This way, they are an appealing addition to any style-conscious user’s desktop. Brilliant images, wide viewing angles The two monitors impress even more when turned on: thanks to their IPS panels with the Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, users enjoy not just wide viewing angles of 178° but also brilliant images with highest-grade colour fidelity, impressive contr...



New Philips monitor offers great Quad HD pictures on compact 25-inch

New Philips monitor offers great Quad HD pictures on compact 25-inch Ultra-narrow bezel makes the screen feel larger Flicker-Free technology reduces eye fatigue SmartErgoBase enables people-friendly ergonomic adjustments Amsterdam, 24 September 2015 MMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, launches a new 25-inch monitor with AH-IPS LED display with Quad HD resolution. This means crystal clear images on a compact screen. The monitor contains 65% recycled plastics and its housing is PVC- and BFR-free, therefore nothing more stands in the way of eco-friendly productivity. Quad HD on a smaller screen size This latest Philips display delivers astoundingly sharp and clear Quad HD 2560 x 1440 or 2560 x 1080 pixel images. The outstanding sharpness is made possible by the high-performance panel with an extremely high pixel density. It can reproduce images from different sources with high bandwidth, thanks to DisplayPort, HDMI and dual link DVI. The improved structure of the advanced AH-IPS panel is responsible for the superb colour reproduction, fast response time and low power consumption compared to other wide viewing angle panels. Regardless of whether the user is in need of extremely detailed information for CAD-CAM work or vivid colour and clarity for 3D graphic applications, this high-quality Philips display will deliver the crystal clear images these users are looking for. Moreover, the monitor has built-in stereo speakers for multi...






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