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DREAM MACHINES DM1 Pro S Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction I want to point this intro in another direction. I really do! But there’s just SO many gaming mice!!! I’m beginning to think it’s easier to start a mouse company than it is to become a debt buyer. A quick look through Amazon will tell you I’m not over-exaggerating. However, this many options isn’t a bad thing. While there can be a lot of bad products to sort through, this can also help a buyer find exactly what they want. In reviewing several mice recently, I’ve noticed that each one has the tiniest little differences that can be a huge deal for the way it feels. DREAM MACHINES is at it again with the DM1 Pro S Gaming Mouse. They included a Pixart 3360 optical sensor this time and having used it in other mice, I can already say it’s a welcome addition. DREAM MACHINES is likely a name you haven’t heard of, so here’s a little bit of info about their company. Dream Machines specializes in providing the best solutions for gamers. We wanted to create something that would fulfill the needs of even the most demanding players. Many gamers cannot reach their potential as they a limited by hardware, such as a slow processor or weak graphics card. Our computers make sure that each gamer can reach his or her highest abilities, by offering our customers the most advanced equipment available on the market. Dream Machines is working with the top designers, experts, and manufacturers from around the world. Dream Machines...



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Creative Sound Blaster X7

Introduction Creative has some interesting products lately. They continue to innovate through design and audio quality. The X7 Is a USB DAC that was designed for audiophiles and audio enthusiasts.Lets dive into the world of audio through the X7, and see if stands to be the biggest, baddest , and boldest Sound Blaster yet. The specifications are as follows: Audio TechnologySB-Axx1™ Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)127dB (DAC) Connectivity Options (Main)microUSB Microphone : Built-in Stereo Mic 1 x 1/8″ (3.5mm) Mic In Line / Optical : 1 x RCA Aux/Line In 1 x TOSLINK Optical In 1 x TOSLINK Optical Out Speaker : 2 x Binding Post Passive Speaker Out (L/R) 1 x RCA Line/Front Speaker Out 1 x 1/8″ (3.5mm) Rear Speaker Out 1 x 1/8″ (3.5mm) Center/Sub Speaker Out Headphone : 1 x 1/8″ (3.5mm)Headphone Out 1 x 1/4″ (6.3mm)Headphone Out USB HOST : 1 x Type A USB Host Port – Device Audio Stream & Charging Max Channel Output5.1 Channels, Stereo Amplified Audio TechnologiesSBX Pro Studio, CrystalVoice, Scout Mode, Dolby Digital Technology MicrophoneMicrophone Type: Dual-array Noise Canceling Condenser SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Windows Intel® Core™2 Duo or AMD® equivalent processor (2.8 GHz or faster recommended) Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard Microsoft® Windows® 10 32/64-bit, Windows® 8.1/8.0 32/64-bit, Windows 7 32/64-bit, Windows Vista® 32/64-bit SP1 or higher 1GB RAM >600 MB of free hard disk space Available USB 2.0/3.0 port (High Sp...



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...



G.SKILL Announces a Major Software Update for the RIPJAWS KM780 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

G.SKILL Announces a Major Software Update for the RIPJAWS KM780 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard   Taipei, Taiwan (1 July 2016) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is releasing a major software update for the RIPJAWS KM780/KM780R RGB series mechanical gaming keyboards that focuses on packing even more color customization options to each individual key! In the SW0.104/FW57 update, the software color palette is now expanded with the ability to personalize the full range of 16.8 million RGB colors and your own customized layout of color lighting can be shared with your friends by simply exporting, sharing, and importing the keyboard profile. Next, the responsive lighting effects (Ripple and Reactive) can now enable a second layer of customizable background per-key lighting. Other changes include the expansion of individual RGB customization to the top row of special function keys and media keys, which can be unlocked by simply upgrading the firmware to the latest version; the increase of key brightness to 5 levels (up from 4); and various optimizations to the lighting effects that improve on smoother color transitions. The software for gaming peripherals is constantly being updated. For the latest software update, please visit the G.SKILL website at http://gskill.com/en/download/view/ripjaws-km780-km780r-rgb—mechanical-gaming-keyboard About G.SKILL Established in 1989 by ...



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Dream Machines DM1 Pro Gaming Mouse

I have to tell you the comfort, dexterity, precision, and balance it provided while working or gaming put it right up there with others at the very top of my list I simply love this mouse and it is now my go to for everything especially gaming.



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CREATIVE Sound BlasterX H5 Gaming Headset Review

Introduction Headsets are devices I’ve avoided most of me life. Being a PC gamer, it seems odd to say this. On the other hand, when I would try a headset, I would find them, hot, uncomfortable, and lacking the type of sound quality I’ve come to expect from a good pair of book shelf speakers with a quality amplifier. CREATIVE set out to change my opinion (unawares) by sending me the Sound BlasterX H5 gaming headset to review. The timing couldn’t be better since I was about to pull the trigger on something to help hide the noise of my various games and speech clients from my family. I thought I would be sacrificing my comfort, but I found an experience that I wasn’t sure even existed until now. Before we jump into the details, let’s look at a bit of info on CREATIVE, the company behind the Sound BlasterX H5. Also, check out the video review featured above!



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ROSEWILL Nighthawk 117 Review

Introduction It’s time to spread our wings and fly! The analogy only goes as far as the title ROSEWILL is using for one of their newer cases, but I thought it sounded fun and inspirational. ROSEWILL has been in the background of the hardware industry for what seems like forever now. Sure, they may not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of a computer case or gaming peripherals, but they’ve always offered compelling choices for those who want a solid product but can’t afford a top brand. The Nighthawk 117 doesn’t look to be an exception here, but before we look at it in further detail, let’s look a bit closer at ROSEWILL’s philosophy. Rosewill’s mission is to consistently deliver reliable, high quality PC gaming, IT hardware and home products through leading innovation and long-lasting relationships. Rosewill Inc. was established in 2004, founded by manufacturing reliable, high-quality technology products. The first products under the Rosewill brand name included computer components such as computer cases, power supply units, keyboards, mice and cables. Over time, the product line strategically developed and entered new areas of growth, including PC gaming and home products. Under the management of experienced e-retail experts, Rosewill products can be found on all top e-commerce sites, along with product information and reviews. Today, Rosewill currently manufactures and markets an immense catalogue of inventive produc...



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NZXT Manta Mini-Tower Case

I love this case the layout and design are awesome plus you have all the attributes of a mid-tower in a smaller footprint.



G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 Memory and RIPJAWS Gaming Keyboard Wins iF Design Award 2016

G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 Memory and RIPJAWS Gaming Keyboard Wins iF Design Award 2016 Taipei, Taiwan (25 February 2016) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is honored to be awarded the iF Design Award, one of the most prestigious design competitions in the world, for the design of the Trident Z Series DDR4 Memory and RIPJAWS KM780 Series Gaming Keyboard! Competing with over 5,000 entries from 53 countries, the latest Trident Z series memory and RIPJAWS KM780 series mechanical gaming keyboard have received the collective approval of 58 jurors for the iF Design Award 2016. The Trident Z DDR4 memory is the flagship series of G.SKILL’s line of DRAM memory, available in extremely fast frequency speeds of DDR4-2800MHz and above. The dual-tone brushed aluminum heatspreader design for Trident Z series gives DDR4 memory a sleeker, modern look to match its prowess in high performance specifications. Designed for the gamers around the world is the RIPJAWS KM780 series mechanical gaming keyboard. Sporting Cherry MX mechanical key switches, ergonomic five-level contoured keycap design, and full per-key programmability and LED lighting function, the RIPJAWS KM780 series keyboard combines the ultimate comfort and customizability in a single product. “Over the years, we have devoted ourselves in developing the most outstanding and unique designs for our customers and would continue to do...



Hitman Taking a Contract on Asynchronous Shaders

AMD has been talking up the Asynchronous Compute Engines pretty much since DirectX 12 has been announced. In short, these are hardware components in AMD GPUs that can hopefully be leveraged to add significant performance in games. We’ve been waiting for the final say for some time and while certain Beta releases have shown some promise, it’s only official releases that will not only prove the benefit of Asynchronous Shaders, but will also help determine how legit DirectX 12 is for being the next big thing for gaming. AMD just shared some info that Hitman has been working specifically with them to take advantage of their Asynchronous Shaders and it looks like we have about a month before the official release date. Whether or not Hitman is your kind of game, this will certainly be a big moment in the PC gaming industry. So keep your eyes peeled because March 11th is the official release day for Hitman and I’m sure tech sites will be looking into the performance with DirectX 12 and various AMD and NVIDIA GPUs. Below is the full statement from AMD. AMD is once again partnering with IO Interactive to bring an incredible Hitman gaming experience to the PC. As the newest member to the AMD Gaming Evolved program, Hitman will feature top-flight effects and performance optimizations for PC gamers. Hitman will leverage unique DX12 hardware found in only AMD Radeon GPUs—called asynchronous compute engines—to handle heavier workloads and better image quality with...



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Everything else we saw at CES 2016

Intro CES was a ton of fun and we already saw a ton of great releases coming up. Now it’s time to sum up the rest of what we could get to. Some parts of the show may not have been as relevant to high end computer components as others, but it didn’t stop the exhibitors from showing us some impressive feats. If you want to jump to a specific page, just click on the exhibitor below to take you straight there, or you can see each one by going through each page. So without further ado, here’s the rest of what we were able to see at CES 2016!   ADATA MSI INTEL NZXT CREATIVE D-LINK MYCHARGE



COUGAR Announces the Launch of the 450 Series

COUGAR ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF THE 450 SERIES November 24th, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – COUGAR, one of the world’s leading gaming gear brands, announces today the arrival of two new and attractive products to the gaming peripherals market: COUGAR 450K Gaming Keyboard and COUGAR 450M Gaming Mouse. 450K is a Hybrid Mechanical gaming keyboard that brings gamers a wide range of functions within an attractive splash-proof design. 450K’s hybrid mechanical switches provides a tactile feedback and a durability similar to those of high end mechanical keyboards, and its functionality is everything one would expect from a gaming keyboard: macros, function remapping and many other options allow gamers to adapt the keyboard to their own preferences. When it comes to its external design, 450K features a three color backlight that will allow the user to easily know which of the three gaming profiles stored on board is currently being used. The impressive Splash-proof design further enhances this gaming keyboard’s durability, keeping it safe from accidental liquid spills and making it ridiculously easy to clean. This comes all within an aesthetically pleasing rugged design that will look great in your desktop. 450M does not fall behind, being an incredibly capable gaming device. This 5000 DPI optical gaming mouse sports an impressive ambidextrous design that will allow anybody to enjoy it, irrespective of their hand of preference. With an excellent gaming sensor and quick responses, t...



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Mionix Castor Gaming Mouse

Introduction We’ve seen several mice from Swedish company Mionix, and we’ve been impressed. The Naos remains one of the most comfortable mice I’ve ever grasped (admittedly, it’s my go-to daily mouse of choice), and we’ve seen models from Mionix that sport minor differences and improvements along the way. Why mess with a winning formula, it seems. One of the differences is certainly in terms of cost. It should come as no surprise that everyone doesn’t necessarily want to splurge for the flagship Naos, and for those who want the quality and features but a more affordable price tag, the Mionix Castor is what we’re looking at today. The Castor is a right-handed mouse, and while it captures the shapely essence of the vaunted Naos, it also seems to share some lineage from the impressive Avior, creating a subtle new shape that’s suitable for palm, claw, and fingertip-grip preferences. There are a couple other differences, such as a 10,000 DPI optical engine rather than laser, a simplified lighting and feature set, and a lower price tag than the premium Naos or Avior. Sounds good so far. Let’s take a closer look at the Mionix Castor and find out if it’s worthy your consideration.



Coming soon: All-new ROCCAT Kova

 Coming soon: All-new ROCCAT Kova Hitting stores November 17th 2015: the all new Kova pure performance gaming mouse. Forged using the legacy of its predecessor – the fan favorite Kova[+] – as its blueprint, the new Kova carries on the tradition of streamlined performance with an ambidextrous build that places its emphasis on raw power above all else. Sleek yet stripped back in its aesthetics, the sports-car like Kova suits left- and right-handers alike in a high-octane design that offers double the power. Double the effective dpi from 3500 to 7000 with its state of the art optical sensor featuring Overdrive mode; double the button functions from 11 to 22 with Easy-Shift[+]™ and intuitive Smart Cast buttons; double the style – available in black and white; and double the illumination, with independently configurable mouse rim and scroll wheel lighting in 16.8 million vivid colors. More info here



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ADATA XPG SX930 240GB and Premier SP550 240GB SSD Review

Introduction Over the course of the last few weeks, a couple of anonymous brown boxes showed up on my doorstep. Festooned with foreign post marks, they set the household atwitter with speculation as to what might be contained within. I’m not sure the rest of the residents appreciated the contents quite as much as I, but for my part, I was ecstatic to open them and find both an XPG SX930 “Gaming SSD” and the more mainstream Premier SP550 from ADATA nestled among the packing material. Before we move on, let’s think about that a bit. Not so very long ago in late 2009, I purchased my first SSD. A 128GB Patriot Torqx SSD that I paid $369 for. Performance was rated at a paltry 260MB/s sequential read and 180MB/s sequential write. TRIM wasn’t implemented on that particular Indilinx Barefoot controller (I’m not sure it was even invented yet), and it ran on a SATA II interface (1.5GBps) of which it was at no risk of saturating. There were no categories in SSD’s. No “Gaming”, “Performance”, “Premium” or any other label. SSD was a self contained category all on its own. (For a bit of historic perspective, you can read Jake’s review of the Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD here). Today, our SATA based SSD’s saturate a 6 Gbps SATA III bus, and an ADATA Premier SP550 costs a mere $79 on Newegg for just about twice the capacity and more than double the performance of my now Vintage Torqx. In those days the d...






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