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COUGAR Launches Smart, Feature-Rich, Aluminum Gaming Keyboard

COUGAR Launches Smart, Feature-Rich, Aluminum Gaming Keyboard September 17th 2014, Taipei – COUGAR, leading eSports and computer peripherals brand has launched a cutting-edge aluminum keyboard which has already managed to win the 2014 iF International Design Award. COUGAR has invested two years of intense work in designing what is arguably the best gaming keyboard of the market, the 700K. The Cougar 700K Gaming Keyboard is a premium mechanical gaming keyboard aimed at professional level PC gamers, especially those who engage in Massive Multiplayer Online Games (MMOs). It comes with COUGAR’s UIX™ System, a powerful software with a simple interface that combines your COUGAR peripherals (for example the new gaming mouse 700M) into a single application interface and allows you to conveniently configure all their functions. This way a single software can control all the peripherals, instead of needing, as most products on the market, an app for each device.   The design of the Cougar 700K was inspired by stealth warship technology, and it is based on carefully selected geometrical shapes: mechanical key modules are mounted on an exposed aluminum structure with premium anodized surface treatments, and a plastic frame wraps its ends to create a stylish, sturdy and durable device. This, together with the wrist support points, makes possible a faster, more precise and comfortable keyboard experience.   The 700k features German Cherry MX mechanical key switches that last...



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XtracGear Carbonic and Ripper Mouse Pads Review

Today we're looking at three gaming surfaces / mouse pads from XTracGear, a specialist in the mouse pad accessory market. We've got the Carbonic, the Ripper, and the Ripper XXL up for testing. All are flexible control pads, and they range in size from rather small to utterly massive. Let's have a closer look at these mouse pads from XTracGear.



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Kingston HyperX Cloud Headset Review

Introduction Headsets are practically a dime a dozen in today’s market. With the large variety available on the net, it makes it tough for us to filter out the good ones from the bad ones. As PC enthusiasts we love our games and our music. We want to blast our ears without waking up the neighbors or maybe our significant other sitting next to us. Today we will be adding more choices to the mix by introducing a new headset from Kingston, called the HyperX Cloud. Kingston has been a name we have come to know in the PC industry, especially with system memory products. However, with the growing number of PC peripherals and accessories, it was only a matter of time before Kingston started to tap their brand cache and jump into this arena too. With the e-sports crowd growing in popularity, Kingston saw an opportunity. They created a division called “HyperX.” Under the HyperX branding, Kingston is now developing accessories and peripherals to feed this growing group. This new HyperX Cloud Headset is one of those products. Let’s put it to the test and see how well it holds up against the competition. Before we move forward, let’s read a bit about Kingston: “Founded in 1987 with a single product offering, Kingston Technology now offers more than 2,000 memory products that support nearly every device that uses memory, from computers, servers and printers to MP3 players, digital cameras and cell phones. In 2007, the company’s sales exceeded $4.5 billion....



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Genius MX Gaming Gila Mouse

Today we’re going to test drive the Genius GX Gaming Gila, a mouse that's specifically geared to MMO/RTS gamers. Coming with a huge assortment of buttons and some unique features as well, the Gila looks rather exciting. With a very attractive price tag of only $66, can the GX Gaming Gila stack up well in a competitive market? Let's take a closer look and find out.



Tesoro Releases Virtus.Pro Gaming Mouse Pad

Tesoro Releases Virtus.Pro Gaming Mouse Pad Special Edition Gaming Mouse Pad Designed with Virtus.Pro Profesional Gaming Organization September 4, 2014, Milpitas CA, USA – Tesoro Technology USA Inc., a manufacturer of high-tech gaming products, today releases the Virtus.Pro gaming mouse pad. A collaboration with the professional e-sport organization Virtus.Pro, this high-performance mouse pad was truly designed by gamers to provide the best possible gaming experience. Smooth Gaming Experience After receiving feedback from the professional gaming organization, Virtus.Pro, Tesoro implemented these ideas with the latest 3D fabric techniques. The Virtus.Pro gaming mouse pad features a high-texture density and an ultra smooth surface. Whether using an optical or laser mouse, gamers will feel like their mouse is gliding across the mousepad – without hindrance. The soft touch of the Virtus.Pro provides excellent wrist support and comfortable mousing. Anti-Slip Design The Tesoro Virtus.Pro features a rubber base which prevents the mouse pad from slipping or moving in the heat of battle. The large dimensions (14.2”L x 11.8” W) of the mouse pad allows comfortable and unrestricted movement. Tesoro and Virtus.Pro Style Featuring the Virtus.Pro artwork and Tesoro logo, the Virtus.Pro mouse pad’s aggressive styling complements any gaming mode. Price and Availability The Tesoro Virtus.Pro will be available in the US at end-September via Tesoro Gaming USA, Newegg, Amazon, NC...



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AMD FX-8370 & FX-8370E Processor Review

  Introduction   We all know the woes AMD and their fans have been dealing with over the last few years so we will not be hashing that topic again. We will instead focus on the updated line for what they are, a place holder. They are designed to hold the interest of fans, budget shoppers and gamers until further notice. There have been no grand design changes that will suddenly put AMD on top of the performance heap. Instead, this is a product to cover those that have yet to make the switch from an older AM3 or AM3+ CPU or even a lesser CPU in the current AM3+ product stack. There is also a shift in how the FX series chips line up to the competition. We will move right into the overview and benchmarks that cover the new FX-8370 and FX-8370E 8 core CPUs.   Press Release   Introducing AMD FX Optimized for Power and Efficiency Multi-core processing is the future. Game engines are being designed to do more at a time; particle effects, physics calculations, light rays, and shadows are growing progressively more complex by the day. Large-scale computing now relies more on the overall throughput of parallelism than the singular speed of CPU cores. Today, AMD FX-Series CPUs return to push the boundaries of value to the high-performance desktop platform – introducing the speed-optimized 125W AMD FX-8370 and power-optimized 95W AMD FX-8370E and AMD FX-8320E processors. Featuring the “Piledriver” x86 core architecture, all of our new FX solutions feature...



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Tesoro Tizona G2N Elite Keyboard

A fully mechanical keyboard that sports a sleek design and caters to gamers who want something uncomplicated, the Tesoro Tizona G2N Elite has some unique features including a detachable and movable numpad, suitable for lefties or righties. That certainly got our attention, so we had to test drive the Tizona G2N Elite firsthand. Let's delve a bit deeper and see if the Tizona G2N Elite can stand out in a widening field of mechanical keyboards.



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Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate Review

  Introduction: With the release of a new generation of graphics cards there can be so much fan-fare and attention paid to the higher end offerings that lower end models get overlooked. System enthusiasts and hardcore gamers rarely even think of the models that can’t crank out maximum FPS or look awesome in a huge water cooled system. Some may be surprised to know there are GPUs for everyday people and entry level gaming. Shocking isn’t it? The vast majority of GPUs are of the integrated type, sold within the CPU/APU. Research has shown 50% of these IGP (Integrated Graphics Processors) go unused in favor of more robust discrete solutions. That is what we will be looking into today, a discrete solution that can offer more graphical prowess than any integrated solution. Its other defining characteristic is that it can do this in total silence. We are referring to the Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate silent GPU. Specs: Display Support 3 x Maximum Display Monitor(s) support Output 1 x HDMI (with 3D) 1 x DisplayPort 1.2 1 x Dual-Link DVI-I GPU 800 MHz Core Clock 28 nm Chip 512 x Stream Processors Video Memory 1024 MB Size 128 -bit GDDR5 4.5 MHz Effective Dimension 185(L)X120(W)X50(H) mm Size. 2 x slot Software Driver CD   Innovation, performance and value for money have always made SAPPHIRE the supplier of choice for enthusiast graphics. SAPPHIRE was the first company to introduce fanless silent cooling solutions based on heatpipe technology and continues to offer...



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Inside the ECS Press Event

LIVE & LIVA ECS (EliteGroup Computer Systems) recently held what they titled the “LIVE, LIVA, LEAD, L337″ press event in San Jose to unveil some new products and to discuss the future of ECS. PureOverclock was one of the lucky few to be invited to attend this event. One of the main products ECS seemed to be most proud of and focused a large amount of their attention to was the LIVA mini PC Kit. LIVA is one of the smallest fully functional PCs capable of running Windows 8.1 I have seen. There are a few models available based on color (Black or White) and Drive space size(32GB or 64GB). The plan is to install the OS and a few other apps on the internal non upgradeable drive and use an external drive for storage, either a USB flash drive or an external Hard drive. I/O options starting from the left are a micro USB for power, Realtek RTL8111G 10/100/1000LAN, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, HDMI and VGA. The tiny passively cooled pc is powered by the 64bit Intel Bay Trail-M N2807 1.58GHz Celeron processor with 2GB DDR3L memory. LIVA is fully capable of pushing dual displays as well. Within the kit is a M.2 WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0 card that needs to be installed during assembly. Hey look it is everyone’s favorite song! Let’s sing along! Just kidding please don’t! ECS setup the LIVA to support Karaoke with dual microphones and HD video playback. I will be experimenting with my own LIVA over the coming days to see what I can really do with it. Window...



Future Ready: ROCCAT Invents First Fully Integrated Keyboard/Smartphone Combo and Modular MMO Mouse

 Future Ready: ROCCAT Invents First Fully Integrated Keyboard/Smartphone Combo and Modular MMO Mouse  Two gaming peripherals like none other set to debut at the Rocc-City booth for Cologne’s Gamescom 2014 Hamburg – August 5, 2014 – ROCCAT Studios rolls full-speed into late summer with a fresh and exciting design philosophy, and two groundbreaking new products to represent ROCCAT’s trailblazing peripheral creation. Making their first appearances at Gamescom 2014 in Cologne, Germany this August, the Nyth gaming mouse, and Skeltr gaming keyboard are set to take the gaming world by storm. René Korte, CEO and founder of ROCCAT discusses the amazingly versatile Nyth, an MMO mouse that is so much more. Says René, “We’ve wanted to develop our own MMO mouse for a long time, but like always, we end up seeing a bigger picture once we begin brainstorming. MMO mice have these massive button grids that are locked in. You can change the button functionality, but what if you don’t like the layout? Our solution is a wholly modular MMO mouse, with interchangeable button combinations that suit the player. No two gamers are alike, and because we know that, we’ve gone many steps beyond just allowing them to switch out the in-package button options. Our fans will have access to our button inventory files, and those that are into 3D printing can even create their very own.” But ROCCAT didn’t stop there. “The Nyth’s soul is MMO,” René explains,” but with high modu...



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HIS R7 260X and R7 250X Review

Today we're focusing on two cards from HIS, a company we're very familiar with, having seen many of their products in the past couple of generations in AMD cards. HIS typically produces cards with custom coolers and aggressive factory overclocks, but these two are a bit different. The R7 260X and R7 250X are budget-oriented cards for those with modest budgets and looking for some affordable gaming, and perhaps even something suitable for an HTPC setup.



VERTO headset – Stay sharp through fierce competition!

 VERTO headset – Stay sharp through fierce competition! Taipei, Taiwan – July 14th, 2014 – Tt eSPORTS, the leading expert in professional e-Sports gaming peripherals is releasing the new VERTO, a headset offering strong styling paired with comfort. The head band design is auto adjusting to get the right sizing for anyone who wears it, and protein leather ear pads maintain comfort even over long hours of use. The bold geometric design is strong enough for gaming yet sophisticated enough for in-office use. The stainless steel outer-headband frame was carefully tuned over time, to provide the most optimal angle and width for the best ergonomics. The inner handband, with leatherette padding for comfort, slides to conform to the weare’s head. The VERTO was designed to offer a secure grip on the head, without clamping down hard, for comfort over both short and long term wear. The earpads feature the use of protein leather, which feels soft and supple upon the skin while maximizing breathability The VERTO is a stereo headset with an overall balanced sound, and a tinge of bass emphasis. Maintaining an overall balanced sound makes the VERTO great for competitive gaming, and the slight bass emphasis maintains a great atmosphere for both movies and casual gaming. The bendable and pivotable omni-directional microphone gets in and out of the way conveniently as needed, while providing crystal clear voice communications. The VERTO features a removable cable design, and is both ...



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HIS R9 280 IceQ X2 Review

Today we're looking at the HIS R9 280 IceQ X2, a mid-range performance graphics card that retails for around $260. We've been impressed with cards from HIS in the past, particularly those with the vaunted IceQ cooler, which has proven to be very impressive with low temperatures and noise levels. Can this card continue the trend? Lt's take a closer look at the HIS R9 280 IceQ X2 to find out.



ROCCAT Moves Forward on the Sova, Brings Fans Into the Mix

ROCCAT Moves Forward on the Sova, Brings Fans Into the Mix  The wireless modular gaming board goes full-speed into development   Hamburg – July 7, 2014 – It’s been a summer of major announcements for ROCCAT Studios, with a few more yet to come, the most recent being the E3 reveal of the in-development ROCCAT Sova Wireless Modular Gaming Board. The positive fan and media response to the Sova at E3 was massive, with fantastic articles and word of mouth. Building on the wave of enthusiasm for a wireless keyboard/mousepad combo custom made for a living room gaming experience, ROCCAT is immediately moving into its next phase of development for the Sova, and inviting our fans to join the ride. “We are thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive response we have received for the Sova,” Says René Korte, CEO and founder of ROCCAT. “We realize that now is not the time to sit back and wait, but to give fans what they want as quickly as possible. We’re ready to go full speed into our refinement process, and want our fans to see the hard work that goes into moving a ROCCAT product from its development phase, into what you see at retail. The Sova is coming, it is going to be an amazing piece of gaming hardware, and you’ll get to follow every step on that journey in our newly launched Sova Development Blog.” Starting today and going forward, ROCCAT’s Sova Blog will take fans into the world of our designers and developers, where they will drop in to discuss featur...



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SilverStone Raven RVZ 01 Small Form Factor Case Review

Since the original RAVEN RV01 debuted in 2008, the RAVEN team at SilverStone has demonstrated many times how it can truly define or defy computer enthusiasts’ expectations of what a performance PC is capable of in both form and function. For 2014, the Silverstone team had a new target, which was to exceed and reshape the small form factor landscape with yet another breakthrough case design. The result of this effort is a new line of case products from SilverStone called RAVEN Z. As the first model, this Raven RVZ01 is unlike any SilverStone small form factor cases before it. Utilizing a PCI-E riser and custom designed fans, this slim, 14-liter case is capable of housing some of the biggest consumer graphics cards on the market with superb air cooling performance and the ability to also support liquid cooling. Read on and let’s see if the Silverstone Raven RVZ01 is what we have all been waiting for.






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