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Avexir DDR4 Blitz Series Review

Introduction It’s a perfect time to customize your PC and personalize it to color coordinate your system. Memory manufacturers are now adding memory with LED lighting and hopefully moving towards RGB in the possible future. Avexir is a company getting popular in the US for having an answer to the lighting and RGB craze, and even has its own unique share of this market. Avexir offers innovation technology like its plasma tube ram, and blitz series lighting. Avexir’s motto is “What we believe is how we behave”. Today I will be looking at Avexir’s Blitz series of DDR4 RAM so we can see what these modules have to offer and what makes them so desired for system builders. The RAM kit that was specifically sent to me was the Blitz White. There are dual channel and quad channel kits available on their site. The kit I’m working with is QUAD channel and the model is AVD4UZ130001604G-4BZ1SW. This kit is 4GB x 4 giving a total of 16GB of ram. The specifications are as follows: CL(IDD) 16 cycles Row Cycle Time (tRCmin) 46.5ns (min.) Refresh toActive/Refresh Command Time (tRFCmin) 260ns RowActive Time (tRASmin) 33ns (min.) Power TBD W* ULRating 94 V – 0 Operating Temperature 0℃ to 85℃ Storage Temperature -55℃ to +100℃ Advanced Specifications: Power Supply: VDD=1.2V (1.14V to 1.26V) VDDQ = 1.2V (1.14V to 1.26V) VPP – 2.5V (2.375V to 2.75V) VDDSPD=2.25V to 2.75V Data transfer rates: PC4-24000 Programmable CASLatency: 17,16,14,13,1...



PureOC Monthly News

October News Round Up: SWIFTECH Apogee XL2, GAMER STORM Genome II, GTX 1050 Ti and More!

Welcome back to our second roundup of hardware news that happened this month. The CPU and GPU side of things may have slowed down a tad, but there’s a lot that happened with cooling and cases. Let’s dive in and get excited about what’s coming down the road! CPUs Let’s start out with an update on Kaby Lake. Geekbench came out with some impressive results and the story made it look like INTEL has merely been holding back for a while. Recently however, an i5-7500K sample was benchmarked and only showed about a 10% improvement over Skylake. This is actually pretty disappointing, especially considering that the 4970K is still a top tier single thread performer. On the plus side, it looks like all 100 series motherboards will be able to support Kaby Lake with a BIOS update, but I doubt many will see the need to upgrade from Skylake in such a short time table. At the time being, ASUS is the only brand this is confirmed for, but that’s a good indication that other manufactures will follow suit. We’re still a ways out from release so we can almost expect performance to fluctuate a bit more until closer to release. http://wccftech.com/intel-core-i5-7600k-kaby-lake-cpu-benchmarks/ http://wccftech.com/kaby-lake-support-asus-100-series-motherboards-confirmed/ GPUs The big news this month was the release of the GTX 1050 Ti and the 1050. Each GPU offers a great budget option for 1080p gaming while being extremely energy efficient. Rather than reinvent ...



QNAP Launches Enterprise-class TES-x85U NAS Series Featuring Intel Xeon D Processor and Dual OS Options

QNAP Launches Enterprise-class TES-x85U NAS Series Featuring Intel Xeon D Processor and Dual OS Options Taipei, Taiwan, October 13, 2016 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. today released the powerful enterprise-class TES-x85U NAS series, including the 18-bay TES-1885U and the 30-bay TES-3085U. Both models are powered by a high-performance yet energy-saving Intel® Xeon® D processor, and provides the choice of dual OS inside a single rackmount NAS. Users can choose to install the business storage QES operating system or the app-centric QTS operating system based on their needs. The TES-x85U series with QES is the perfect backup storage for the dual-controller Enterprise ZFS NAS (ES1640dc). The 12Gb/s SAS-enabled TES-1885U and TES-3085U adopt an advanced 14nm Intel® Xeon® D 64-bit SoC processor with an integrated PCH (6-core and 8-core respectively). Both models have two built-in 10GbE SFP+ ports to natively support 10GbE network environments, and can further boost system performance with PCIe Gen.3 expansion for additional 10GbE/40GbE adapters and PCIe NVMe SSD. The high-density TES-3085U is especially useful for providing an ultra-fast all-flash storage solution that offers up to 24 drive bays and 6 dedicated SDDs bays for caching. The TES-x85U provides the flexibility of two operating systems, either the FreeBSD-based QES for enterprise-level storage with maximized business continuity, or Linux-based QTS for enjoying application storage with greater functionality. “Wit...



BIOSTAR Unleashes New RACING Series Products in Thailand

BIOSTAR Unleashes New RACING Series Products in Thailand BIOSTAR Debuts Racing B150GTN motherboard and BIOSTAR SSD G300 to Thai Media and Power Users   October 11th, 2016, Bangkok, Thailand – BIOSTAR is excited to announce its formal launch of the SSD G300 series and the RACING B150GTN mini-ITX motherboard for the Thailand market. Held last September 27 at Bangkok, BIOSTAR unveiled its latest addition to its ever-growing list of solutions for gamers, power users and enthusiasts. The new products will be available in the Thai market via STREK. In attendance were Thailand’s media and power users who were treated to try the latest and greatest line-up of BIOSTAR’s RACING series as well as its mainstream series of motherboards and other products.   On display were numerous builds and systems in cooperation with various partners including Thermaltake, Apacer SSD & Memory, Cooler Master and AMD Radeon graphics which together with BIOSTAR showcased their excellent line-up of enthusiast products as well. BIOSTAR’s own Justin Wang addressed the attendees and states that “BIOSTAR intends to expand its line-up further and this is just us getting started. For now while we grow, we’re also showing our regional partners and customers that BIOSTAR is still committed in showing them that the company still invests in building a healthy relationship with them by holding this regional events and giving the opportunity to personally showcase our excellent products and give f...



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Logitech Pro and Prodigy Series Peripheral Review

Introduction Where do all the cool mice live? In their mousepads of course! Gaming mice has become a crowded market. So what makes a gaming mouse? Even mice with higher DPI are slapped with the title of “Gaming” mouse. Features like RGB lighting, switch types and sensors are important when choosing a high-quality mouse. For keyboards, it’s a similar story. The market offers different mechanical switches and different lighting options. If you’re interested in keyboard switch types look here. Logitech is a company that primarily focuses on gaming with its “G” series products. The “G” series can be broken down further into their PRO and their Prodigy line. Today I will be looking at a few of Logitech’s mice and keyboards from the “G” series line and see what makes them different from other gaming peripherals.



PhotoFast releases the iType-C 4-in-1 interface portable storage plan for Apple

PhotoFast releases the iType-C 4-in-1 interface portable storage plan for Apple Taipei, Taiwan. October 7th, 2016 With the new iPhone 7 hitting the shelves and topping sales, the rising demand for storage solutions from Apple users has urged PhotoFast, the leading premium iOS smart accessory company based in Taiwan, to present the world’s first PhotoFast iType-C portable storage device designed exclusively for Apple. The device is introducing three models with storage capacities of 64GB/128GB/200GB, which can respectively store up to 14, 29 and 46 HD films. Developed elaborately by PhotoFast, the high-speed USB 3.0 transmission chips enhances storage experience for users, now HD films can be transferred in less than a minute. As the closest partner of Apple, PhotoFast spares no effort in providing a comprehensive storage expansion solution to all users. This time, PhotoFast is introducing the new generation of the iType-C portable storage device designed for Apple; the device integrates Lightning, Type C, Micro USB and Standard A interfaces, meeting the needs of MacBook 12” users for Type C storage and access to other mainstream interfaces. This includes the iOS, MacOS, Windows, Android, Linux devices, GoPro, drones, and smart television.  “Apple has integrated only the best into their products. The new generation of MacBook 12” will combine all I/O ports into one Type C interface to match the new generation of high-speed transmission, digital imaging and power sp...



PureOC Monthly News

September News Round Up: Zen, Kaby Lake, GTX 1050 and More

How does a freelance writer keep up with everything happening in the industry when he has a full time job, a family, reviews to keep up with and a puppy in training? It’s worth pointing out that a lot has happened in the month of September this year. AMD has been making announcements about Zen, INTEL has had some details about Kaby Lake and NVIDIA is talking about the GTX 1050. Rather than try to keep up with every piece of news as it releases, we’re going to try something new by having a once a month update to catch you up on the things that are happening in the industry. Welcome to the PureOC Monthly News! On the last Friday of each month, we’ll pull together all the news that feels relevant and give a one stop location to get your info from. So without further ado, let’s get into what’s happened this month. CPUs, Motherboards and Chipsets  AMD Zen, Grey Hawk, X370 Chipset and A12-9800 We’ll start with AMD this time around since much of the anticipation of what will happen in the CPU sector relies on them. We got some more detailed shots of the new Zen chip and the 1331 pin design is confirmed. As far as new info is concerned though, we didn’t get much this month for that. The A12-9800 on the other hand had some very interesting leaks. Some performance scores showed up and even though the new AM4 chip is still using Steamroller cores, it has some reasonable improvements. What was really interesting was an overclocking result. So...



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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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