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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 ...



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!



CES 2017: Corsair, ECS, Ability 3D, ViewSonic

We’re bringing yet another new thing to you at PureOC this year with all new coverage of CES. Sure, we’ve covered CES before. but this time the Hardware Hound is taking the time to do full video coverage of as many stops as possible. 2017 is already beginning to look like a good year for PC builders, but check out the video below to get closer looks at hardware from Corsair, ECS, Ability 3D and ViewSonic. Keep checking back with the site for even more coverage as the week unfolds and leave your comments in the forums for anything you’re really looking forward to this year! Also, here’s a quick intro showing a bit of the trip there, as well as a quick peek at the Hardware Hound’s hotel command station…. or room if you prefer.



You Haven’t heard of Pixio, but a 1440p FreeSync Monitor Should get Your Attention

Let’s start with the assumption that you haven’t heard of Pixio, because if you have, then you completely destroy my title. If you’re like me, then Pixio might be a new brand that you need to hear about. I’ve been on this kick for a while, but there is no way I can over emphasize how important a good monitor is to the gaming experience. Nothing makes a $600 GPU look like integrated graphics more than a terrible refresh rate and a crappy panel type. However, spending an additional $600 on a monitor can be rough for a builder, which is why Pixio is offering something I’m surprised I haven’t seen until now. FreeSync is the AMD technology that makes adaptive synchronization extremely affordable for gamers. There’s some catches, like needing an AMD GPU for the time being and having some performance trades with the likes of GSync. My experience with the technologies isn’t extensive, but from what I’ve seen the disparity between the two is beyond my ability to tell the difference. How I managed to stumble across Pixio was during my search for HDR monitors. HDR is the best experience I had at CES in January and that’s including getting to try out a few VR sets. HDR is a pixel technology that more accurately reproduces the color spectrum, making a 1440p screen look as good as, or even better than, a 4k one. While I haven’t found HDR yet, I did find what I would consider to be the ultimate monitor that balances the ne...



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...



VIEWSONIC VX2757-MHD 27″ FreeSync Monitor Review

Introduction How many of you feel like you always need a better monitor, but all of your cash ends up going to your computer parts first? Since I can’t see a raise of hands, I’m going to assume I’m not the only one. The reality is, the monitor is a crucial part of the computing, and especially the gaming, experience. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to throw the extra cash into a powerful GPU and think that you’ll get the better monitor a bit later. Ideally, it would be nice to get a great gaming experience at a cost that would let you have the great GPU as well. VIEWSONIC may be coming to the rescue of gamers everywhere with some incredible prices on their lineup of FreeSync monitors. We’re going to detail the VX2757-MHD, a 27″ 1080p monitor to see how well it measures up in a pretty crowded market. While the company may be familiar to many, we’ll still take a quick look at their core statements to get an idea of the purposes behind their designs. Mission Statement To be the preferred global brand of Visual Solution products. ViewSonic is dedicated to meeting the needs of our customers, generating profitable growth through efficient operations and delivering value to our shareholders. Core Values Customer Focus We meet our customers’ expectations with superior products, customer service and industry knowledge. Integrity We act like owners: taking the initiative, encouraging innovation, setting challenging goals, and ...



Where’s the HDR Monitors Already?

I’ve been across a lot of forums and comment sections that talk about 4K being the future, followed by 8K after that when it comes to monitor technology. However, if you do the math for what pixels the human eye can actually see, 1440p is all anyone should ever need. Why is 4K so much better then? The answer lies in what colors the pixels can actually reproduce. Because of this, more pixels end up looking better color wise once they’re grouped up, even though the human eye can’t discern the individual pixels at a normal viewing distance. The patches of color start showing more variance at higher resolutions, tricking us into thinking it’s the higher resolution itself that’s better. AMD stated at CES, earlier this year, that we need better pixels. While the human eye may not work well compared to the magnifying focus of an eagle eye, what it can see as far as the range of colors is concerned is pretty amazing. If pixels aren’t reproducing colors to the extent that the human eye can see them, shades blur together making images look flat, rather than vibrant and varied. This is where High Dynamic Range (HDR) comes into play. HDR can almost reproduce all the colors the human eye can see on an individual pixel basis. This means that a 1080p monitor can actually look better than a 4K that isn’t using HDR. Some of you may be reading this and thinking that it sounds good on paper, but that doesn’t mean it will actually translate to ...



VIEWSONIC has FreeSync Monitors that are Super Affordable

Those of you who bought 4k monitors last year, this article might not be for you. Those of you who think you MAYBE can spend $200 tops for a good monitor, listen up. AMD has helped many of us budget gamers play modern titles at reasonable settings and frame rates. However, many of us are probably squeezing by with a cheap panel that has a basic 60 Hz refresh rate with the hope that the colors look decent. FreeSync is the dream, but is there anything affordable? VIEWSONIC seems to be answering the call for gamers who don’t mind 1080p and the latest prices on Newegg are pretty fantastic. For $180 and two dollar shipping if you’re not in a hurry, you can get a FreeSync 27″ monitor. The thing is, while the panel is fairly new, the initial reviews are stellar. Out of the 7 total reviews across the three sizes, every one of them is 5 eggs. There is some minor complaints about the stand and speakers, but the quality meets the expectation for the amazing deal these panels are. The important part is that the panels seem to look great for gaming. If you haven’t had a chance to dive into FreeSync, it might be a good time to look into it. If size isn’t a major factor for you, then the 21.5″ is a shocking $110! These are exceptional deals for budget gamers but there’s no way to tell if these prices are going to be around for very long. Check out the links below and find out if this is the final piece to your ultimate gaming experience. 27″...



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...



Nixeus NX-VUE24 24″ FreeSync 144Hz Gaming Monitor Review

Introduction AMD FreeSync is a topic that has been buzzing around lately and has sparked some major debates over the web. While we’re not here to debate FreeSync over G-Sync and vise-versa, we are here to talk about what FreeSync can bring to the table. In recent years, we have been hearing about nVidia’s G-Sync technology and its benefits, and we have seen many rave reviews and tests with a G-Sync Monitor, but it seemed that AMD was left behind in this arena while nVidia seemed to have capitalized on the G-Sync Technology. However, with the recent technology advances from AMD’s graphics line up and the team up with VESA, we are now seeing AMD FreeSync displays and graphics cards showing up in the market, and we love to see competition. Not only does this leave room for a competitive market, but now this also gives AMD fans a hand in the technology. Although they don’t exactly perform the same way, they both have the same concept in mind. We will go over the AMD FreeSync technology in just a little bit. In the meantime… we bring you the new Nixeus 24″ FreeSync 144Hz Gaming Display review. The Nixeus brand is not as mainstream as some of the other popular brands like ASUS, BenQ or even Acer, but they are hitting the market strong with their new AMD FreeSync enabled display. We were one of the few lucky sites that were able to get our hands on an initial engineer sample of the Nixeus 24″ FreeSync 144Hz Gaming Display. This is our...



Philips Monitor with Ultra HD Quality and 4K Resolution in New 32-inch Size

Philips Monitor with Ultra HD Quality and 4K Resolution in New 32-inch Size Super-fine UHD 4K resolution for brilliant images with flicker-free technology • 32-inch size provides richer midsized display choices with UHD 4K     Amsterdam, 30 June 2015 – MMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, announces a new display with 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) resolution. The BDM3275UP display – at 32 inches a new size for Philips Monitors with this resolution – responds to growing demand for super-fine resolutions at comparatively modest screen dimensions. Users can look forward to 4K UHD clarity for detail-rich entertainment such as movies and games, as well as for data-intensive office applications. 32 inches of brilliant performance With 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, 4K UHD resolution packs four times as many pixels per inch of screen as Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) and delivers four times the clarity. This latest Philips 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition) display makes MMD’s line-up of screen sizes at the ultra-high resolution even more complete, which already features 28-inch, and 40-inch models. Like its co-members of the 4K line-up, the BDM3275UP display is configured for a stunning viewing experience. It offers rich 10-bit colour support for natural, gradation-free colour reproduction, Philips Flicker-Free technology to regulate brightness and reduce flicker, as well as an advanced IPS-AHVA panel for extra-wide viewing angles ...



AMD’s Technology Decks: FreeSync

We’re finally coming to the last of the Tech Decks from AMD. FreeSync is very straight forward. It matches the frame rate of your graphics card to the refresh rate of your monitor so that gaming experiences are incredibly smooth. Based on reviews across the web, FreeSync seems to work incredibly well and AMD included a list of monitors that will include the technology. Enjoy the slides and start planning next year’s tax return early since a FreeSync monitor could very well be on the list.



New Philips USB Docking Monitor for Simplicity that Makes Sense

New Philips USB Docking Monitor for Simplicity that Makes Sense A single USB cable expands display workspace and keeps peripherals connected • Great display performance with brilliant AH-IPS LED and Flicker-Free technology Amsterdam, 26 May 2015 – MMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, announces an innovative 21.5-inch Philips USB Docking Monitor in a fresh new design to complement the existing 23-inch model, bringing greater connectivity choices, simplicity and extra screen space to more office desktops than ever. With its advanced USB plug-and-play and Ethernet connection, the 221S6QUMB USB Docking Monitor enables notebook users to keep their peripherals connected, access the Internet or office intranet, and enjoy additional display space – with brilliant clarity and vivid colours. All by plugging in a single USB cable. Thomas Schade, Vice President EMEA at MMD, says: “With more and more mobile professionals preferring ultra-thin notebooks that are short on ports and interfaces, there is a real need for a display that can deliver instant access to desktop peripherals – and instant productivity – when users are in the office. The new 21.5-inch Philips USB Docking Monitor connects the notebook to any of the devices hooked up to the display. It also expands the screen space available, enabling people to use both their notebook screen and the large AH-IPS display without having to adjust the resolution.” Port re...



Philips Quad HD Monitors now in 32-inch Size

Philips Quad HD Monitors now in 32-inch Size • Crystal clear QHD resolution for brilliant reproduction • Flicker-Free technology for more comfortable viewing • MultiView allows active dual connect and view Crystal clear QHD resolution for brilliant reproduction: the BDM3270QP Amsterdam, 30 April 2015 – MMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, announces an exciting addition to the line-up of displays with super-fine resolutions beyond HD. At 32 inches, the BDM3270QP display is a new size for Philips Monitors with QHD, and offers users another choice for increasing their screen space. Raising productivity with its dazzling viewing experience, the new display features QHD resolution to bring graphics and images vividly to life. Super-fine resolution at a new 32-inch size The new 32-inch display responds to the growing demand for higher resolutions beyond HD at screen dimensions that appeal to users looking to scale their desktops up a level. The QHD (Quad High Definition) display offers a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels (four times as many as the 720p HDTV video standard), with a desktop that provides plenty of space for managing multiple windows with detail-rich clarity. The resolution is matched by excellent colour reproduction: with 1.074 billion colours and 12-bit internal processing, the new 32-inch display gives smooth, natural colours without gradations and colour banding. The display also features Philips F...






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