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STEELSERIES Siberia 350 Gaming Headset Review

Introduction We’re bringing STEELSERIES back to the forefront again, but this time we have a headset to review instead of a mouse and keyboard combo. Even though this company is new to PureOC, they impressed us with some excellent quality and exceptional software. However, sound is a completely different playing field compared to input peripherals. The Siberia 350 has a lot of competition to stand up against so we better take a long hard look at how it does in person. We’ll get right into it soon, after a quick word from the manufacturer. WE ARE GAMING SteelSeries has fueled the gaming industry by creating innovative new products, designed specifically for eSports and passionate gamers everywhere. RELENTLESS INNOVATION Here at SteelSeries, we are obsessed with “firsts”. Dating back to 2001, our company was formed to meet the surface needs of hardcore gamers by introducing the first glass mousepad, the Icemat. Since that original innovation, we created the first mechanical gaming keyboard, the first suspended headband for gaming headsets, the first World of Warcraft mouse and endless other innovations. SteelSeries is dedicated to building products that push professional gaming further than anyone dreamed. Those innovations make gaming more competitive and more fun for gamers everywhere. INSPIRING DESIGN Our fans, customers and professional eSports teams demand the ultimate performance from SteelSeries. We combine the necessity of professional-grade quality ...



ASUSTOR Launches New AS6204RS and AS6204RD Rackmount Models Featuring Intel Braswell Quad-Core Processors

ASUSTOR Launches New AS6204RS and AS6204RD Rackmount Models Featuring Intel Braswell Quad-Core Processors ASUSTOR launches new AS6204RS/AS6204RD rackmount NAS models powered by Intel Braswell quad-core processors and 4 GB SO-DIMM DDR3L memories. These models are equipped with stable performance and a rich variety of functionality such as comprehensive backup and storage services, seamless integration with virtual environments and simplified management for network administrators, creating an optimal enterprise storage solution. Taipei, Taiwan, September 13th, 2016 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced the launch of 2 brand new rackmount NAS models powered by Intel Braswell processors. These 2 new models are the single power supply AS6204RS and dual power supply AS6204RD. Both come with powerful core specifications and a rich variety of expansion interfaces allowing for unparalleled agility and seamless integration in demanding enterprise environments. The 4 high speed Ethernet ports also allow businesses to flexibly deploy network traffic providing stable access performance. Furthermore, the AS6204RS and AS6204RD have passed stringent hard disk compatibility testing, and support the largest hard disks on the market (10TB), allowing businesses to create 40TB high capacity storage spaces. The AS6204 and AS6204RD come built-in with the ADM operating system, which features a simplified graphical user interface that feels ...



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Zotac Sonix PCIe 480GB SSD Review

Introduction NVMe SSDs are the enthusiast topic of interest right now. The storage industry has become affordable in the SSD market, but is trending towards NVMe as a replacement. This is faster and can reach GB/s rather than MB/s. It does this by bypassing the ACHI protocol and pushes the boundaries of what basic SSDs can’t. I will be looking at a Zotac implementation of NVMe using an HHHL PCIe card at 480GB. This is Zotac’s first consumer NVMe drive, and claims speeds of up to 2600 MB/s over PCIe gen 3. Let’s see if this drive can push the limit of NVMe and stand out among its competitors. The specifications are as follows: Form Factor PCIE Add-in-Card Interface NVME 1.2 PCIE Gen 3 x 4 Flash Type MLC DRAM Cache 512MB DDR3 Capacity 480GB Sequential Read Up to 2,600 MB/s Sequential Write Up to 1,300 MB/s Random Read Random Write Power Consumption Read: 5.57W Write: 7.27W Idle: 0.5W Thickness Supported OS Windows, Mac OS, Linux MTBF (hours) 2,000,000 Accessories Bundled low-profile bracket



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Enermax DigiFanless 550W

Introduction This will be the first fanless PSU unit I have reviewed. Digital PSUs are becoming more popular due to the control you have over the PSU with software and no noise. Enermax lately has been changing some things around for the better. They have been redesigning most of their products with better features, such as longer modular cables, better cable quality, and better case design. They have also made huge strides in their fan department. I know this because I have tested previous products and have seen the changes over time. Let’s see if this PSU with its unique marketing as a digital fanless PSU can make this product stand out among its major competitors. The specifications & features are as follows: Brand Name Enermax Item model number EDF550AWN Item Weight 8.1 pounds Product Dimensions 13.5 x 4.5 x 10 inches Item Dimensions L x W x H 13.5 x 4.5 x 10 inches Color Black Power Source corded-electric  



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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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be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11

Introduction I have reviewed quite a few bequiet! products lately. The modern world of high technology requires constant refinement to advance. Today I will be looking over the 80PLUS Platinum certified Dark Power Pro 11 1000W power supply. Could it be the most technologically advanced PSU be quiet! has ever built ? Lets take a look and find out. The specifications are as follows: General Data Continuous power (W)- 1000 Peak power (W)- 1100 Form factor ATX 12V- Version 2.4 Form factor EPS 12V- Version 2.92 Modular cable management- Yes Topology- Full bridge + LLC + SR + DC/DC Voltage (Vac)- 100 – 240 Frequency (Hz)- 50 – 60 Input current (A)- 14 / 8 PFC- active Power factor at 100% load- >0.99 Compliant to Intel C6/C7 – Yes Compliant to Intel C6 mode- yes Power consumption in standby (W)- <0,10W Average life time (h / 25°C)- 100.000 Operating temperature up to (°C)- 40 Output 12V rails (multi-rail operation)- 4 12V single rail operation- yes Overclocking key- Yes +3.3V (A)- 25 +5V (A)- 25 +12V1 (A)- 32 +12V2 (A)- 32 +12V3 (A)- 40 +12V4 (A)- 40 +12V5 (A)- NA +12V6 (A) NA -12V (A)- 0.5 +5Vsb (A)- 3 Max. combined power 12V (W)- 996 Max. combined power 3.3V + 5V (W)- 150 Hold-up time (ms @ 100%)- 19,29 @ 100% load Fan / Cooling technology Fan type- be quiet! SilentWings® +SilentWings Motor technology- 6-pole fan motor Bearing technology- FDB Fan size (mm)- 135 Max. fan speed (rpm), temperature-dependent- 1,800 Temperature control for case fans...



BIOSTAR Celebrates 30 Years in the Industry

BIOSTAR Celebrates 30 Years in the Industry  30th Anniversary of BIOSTAR, Racing another 30 years to the future!   August 18th, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is proud to celebrate its prestigious 30 years in the industry this year and is excited to celebrate another 30 years more of progress for the company. BIOSTAR sets a goal to keep on improving, becoming better but always find a way to stay within its vision of providing the best value for consumers yet still maintain a high-level of quality and performance from its products.  How BIOSTAR started   BIOSTAR was founded in 1986 where its race to the future began as a humble motherboard brand during its establishment as BIOSTAR MICROTECH INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION. In 1999, BIOSTAR was publicly listed in the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE). And soon after the company’s growth started flowing with milestones like in 2005 when BIOSTAR established its Graphics Card Division to supply its customers with better solutions besides integrated ones. This year also marked the debut of BIOSTAR’s T-series motherboards to signify its aggressiveness in creating its own style and design. In 2006, BIOSTAR established its IPC division dedicated to the industrial sector creating solutions for specialized applications. In 2008-2009 marked a momentous year for BIOSTAR highlighting multiple achievements when it released its first TPower extreme overclocking motherboard signifying its strong product development skills to allow it to com...



Elevate High-end PC Setups with Lian Li’s Next Standing Desks

Elevate High-end PC Setups with Lian Li’s Next Standing Desks Tailored for PC Workstations, the DK-12 and DK-16 Provide Flexible, Attractive Workspaces August 17, 2016, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd is excited to launch its DK-12 and DK-16 motorized standing desks. Following the success of the DK-04 and earlier computer desk chassis, Lian Li adds a pair of more conventional standing desks to its repertoire. The DK-12 and DK-16 provide health-conscious users a stylish workspace designed with PC workstations in mind. Who better to make a desk for a PC than a case maker? Stand up to Poor Posture, Stand up for Healthy Living It is true that people sit for most of their day, increasing the risk of diabetes and heart disease. With manifold health benefits discovered by prevailing studies these past few years, standing desks are a vogue choice for employers and office workers seeking to improve their habits and lifestyle. Many vaunt standing desks not only for health benefits, but even boosting productivity. With everything to gain and nothing to lose, why not start standing? A Standing Workspace for Serious Workstations Like the DK-04, the DK-12 and DK-16 are both height-adjustable desks with an automated electric motor. Users can save up to four height settings from 69.5cm to 118.5cm using a small control console on the front of the desks. The robust motor lifts up to 120kg on the DK-12, while the heavier DK-16 is rated to lift up to 80kg. The DK-12 is th...



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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...



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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...



Syber Gaming Delivers “M Series” VR-Ready Mid-Tower Gaming PCs Syber Gaming M Series

Syber Gaming Delivers “M Series” VR-Ready Mid-Tower Gaming PCs CITY of INDUSTRY, CA (August 11, 2016) — Syber Gaming, a division of Cyberpower PC, today announced delivery of its M Series – a family of four mid-tower gaming rigs that pump out the horsepower needed to survive in a virtual reality world. Every Syber M Series build has been designed to be VR-ready with the ability to power the leading VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive as well as play the latest titles and future game releases at their highest settings. The Syber M Series has models for every budget from the M Series Core at $799 to the M Series Ultimate – an $1899 VR beast that transports users into an amazing new world of games, video and images. The Syber Ultimate model is powered by Intel’s Core i7-6800k CPU and the NVIDIA GTX 1080 8GB, the most advanced gaming graphics card on the market. The GTX 1080 graphics card, based on NVIDIA’s new Pascal™ architecture, delivers up to three times the performance of previous-generation graphics cards, taking gaming and next gen virtual reality experiences to an entirely new level. Syber knows that graphics processing is the heart and soul of any VR-ready gaming PC. If the action does not keep pace with your motions, you could end up feeling queasy. Whether customers choose M Series Core or the M Series Ultimate with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 they will be assured their rig can pump out 90 frames per second, which is the standard fo...



ASUSTOR Announces Compatibility with Seagate IronWolf 10 TB NAS Hard Disks

ASUSTOR Announces Compatibility with Seagate IronWolf 10 TB NAS Hard Disks ASUSTOR announces that all of its NAS devices are compatible with Seagate’s IronWolf 10 TB hard disks, 6 TB Enterprise NAS hard disks and 10 TB Enterprise Capacity hard disks. Taipei, Taiwan, August 10th, 2016 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced today that, after stringent testing, all of its NAS products are fully compatible with Seagate’s newly launched IronWolf 10 TB NAS hard disks, 6 TB Enterprise NAS hard disks and 10 TB Enterprise Capacity hard disks. These hard disks are recommended for prosumers and enterprise users looking to create high capacity cloud storage solutions with ASUSTOR NAS. “The 24/7 availability of NAS devices needs to be combined with the latest hard disk technology in order to provide optimal performance and data protection for demanding enterprise environments, “ said Quote Lin, Director of Research and Development at ASUSTOR. “We are honored to have partnered with Seagate in this integration, completing compatibility testing for their new high capacity hard disks and providing our users with more options when creating high cloud storage spaces.” The Seagate IronWolf 10 TB NAS hard disks (model: ST10000VN0004) along with other models in the IronWolf series (1TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, 6TB, 8TB) are compatible with all ASUSTOR NAS devices. Users with 8 bay models and up such as the AS6208T, AS6210T, AS7009RD or ...



Introducing the Define Nano S to Modding Headquarters

Introducing the Define Nano S to Modding Headquarters Fans from around the world show good things come in small packages With dozens of MODs already shown off. Fractal Design today is proud to announce the expansion of our ever growing Modding Headquarters. Our Define S has been treated with the upmost love by users from all around the world showing just what you can do with the model. With a new dedicated page for the recently released Define Nano S, we show the amazing capabilities of our smallest Define case yet. Define Nano S Modding Page If you’ve got an exquisite build or completely customized your Fractal Design case. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at modding@fractal-design.com About Fractal Design Without a doubt, computers are more than just technology – they have become an integral part of our lives. Computers do more than make living easier, they often define the functionality and design of our homes, our offices and ourselves. The products we choose represent how we want to describe the world around us and how we want others to perceive us. Many of us are drawn to designs from Scandinavia, which are organized, clean and functional while remaining stylish, sleek and elegant. We like these designs because they harmonize with our surroundings and become nearly transparent. Brands like Georg Jensen, Bang Olufsen, Skagen Watches and Ikea are just a few that represent this Scandinavian style and efficiency. In the world of computer components, there is...



AccelStor Debuting NeoSapphire 3706-ES1 at Flash Memory Summit 2016

AccelStor Debuting NeoSapphire 3706-ES1 at Flash Memory Summit 2016 Featuring Uncompromised Performance and High Availability. Also Demonstrating NVMe-Based All-Flash Array. July 20, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – AccelStor, the software-defined all-flash array provider, will be demonstrating the new NeoSapphire 3706-ES1 all-flash array at the Flash Memory Summit 2016. The NeoSapphire 3706-ES1 is officially launched today and this high-availability all-flash array model provides sustained 360K IOPS for 4KB random writes, with standard iSCSI over 10GbE connections, and its shared-nothing architecture ensures no single point of failure and avoid downtime. In addition, AccelStor will showcase FlexiRemap technology on a new NVMe array platform at the event. AccelStor’s all-flash array products and technology will be on display at Booth #132, in Hall A of the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California, USA, from August 9 to 11, 2016. AccelStor Vice President, Dr. Weafon Tsao, who will be giving a presentation at the Flash Memory Summit, said, “It’s time for our industry to put to finally rest the outdated idea that flash arrays can offer either performance or reliability, but not both. At AccelStor, our arrays are designed from the ground up for flash, and our software-defined approach gives us the flexibility to respond swiftly to changing market demands, and extract the full potential from the best hardware. That’s how we’re able to provide high-availabilit...






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