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Hound Advice: Setting up a UEFI RAID

Hey everyone! The Hardware Hound is back with a little more “Hound” Advice. RAIDs can be very impractical for normal everyday use, but that doesn’t stop some of us from wanting one anyways. However, if you deal with very large files, then RAIDs can be a mainstay of your builds to help increase performance or add redundancy to your data. Check out the video below to see how to set up a RAID that can also take advantage the UEFI boot for Windows. As always, let us know in the comments below, or in the forums, if there’s something you’d like to see some sound advice on and keep checking out PureOC for your hardware news and reviews!



BIOSTAR Equips Gamers for VR Gaming Experience with GeForce GTX 1080 Graphics Card

BIOSTAR Equips Gamers for VR Gaming Experience with GeForce GTX 1080 Graphics Card  Experience Virtual Reality and Ultra High-Definition Games with the latest BIOSTAR Graphics Card July 19, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is proud to announce its latest graphics card, the BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1080. Designed for the latest generation of games and gaming experiences, the GeForce GTX 1080 takes gaming to the next level with performance and efficiency that beats everything before it featuring the all-new Pascal GPU architecture fabricatedon the 16nm FinFET process technology. The BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1080 will have an MSRP of USD799. The BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1080 features the GP104 GPU sporting 2560 CUDA cores and runs with a base core clock of 1607Mhz. Featuring GPU Boost 3.0, the BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1080 can run up to 1733Mhz and features 8GB of GDDR5X video memory connected a 256-bit bus interface.   The BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1080 is intended for use for today’s demanding graphics application including next-generation virtual-reality experiences. With thrice the performance of last-generation’s graphics cards, the new GTX 1080 makes gaming in ultra high-definition a much more fluid experience. The card features NVIDIA’s gamer-inspired cooler intended to keep the card running at optimal temperatures while keeping noise levels to a minimum. The GTX 1080 has a rated TDP of only 180W while still delivering three times the performance of previous graphics card from earlier g...



QNAP Releases Upgraded Qsirch 2.2, Enabling More Accurate and Effective NAS File Search

QNAP Releases Upgraded Qsirch 2.2, Enabling More Accurate and Effective NAS File Search Taipei, Taiwan, July 20, 2016 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. today released the upgraded Qsirch 2.2 that adds the following features: personalized filters for improved search accuracy, enhanced email search for efficient management of stored emails, and document previewing for a better browsing experience. Qsirch is an exclusive search engine developed by QNAP. It supports over 6,000 file types to assist users in finding specific files stored on QNAP NAS within seconds. “To complement QNAP NAS as a huge data center, ‘searchability’ is one of the key areas for increasing the value of stored data, and Qsirch is the best tool to realize optimized search capabilities for vast data storage and archiving,” said Cherry Chen, Product Manager of QNAP. The personalized filters in Qsirch 2.2 help to locate files with greater accuracy. Users can flexibly choose search criteria for different file types. For example, photos can be filtered by camera model, resolution, or focal length; music by artist or album name; documents by creator, and more. Qsirch 2.2 also provides a powerful email search. Users can customize search criteria (such as date, carbon copy, sender, and receiver) to efficiently search through .eml files and find specific emails stored on the NAS. Using Qsirch with QNAP’s email apps can make searching through and managing massive amounts of emails much easier. In addition to multi...



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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ASUS has the New TUF Sabertooth 990FX R3.0 Motherboard

Let me start by saying that I cover A LOT of AMD news. This is mostly because when I built my latest system in 2012, I ended up with the 8350 CPU due to the purpose and budget I had at the time. Don’t get me wrong, I would LOVE to get my hands on Skylake, but we all have to live with what have at the time. As it is, I’ve become very familiar with the 990FX chipset and the various motherboards. At this point, if you told me there would be ANOTHER 990FX motherboard, I would have told you I also have some ocean front property in north western Colorado for sale at an excellent price! However, ASUS is certainly releasing a new motherboard, it supports 220W CPUs, and at this point, one has to wonder why they would be releasing a board like this with Zen just around the corner. The Sabertooth R3.0 doesn’t just support 220W CPUs. It’s packed to the brim with awesome features that I can personally say I’ve never seen to this degree. ASUS has maintained the reputation of being the top overclocking board for FX chips since the Crosshair V Formula-Z and nobody has quite been able to take their crown. With this new board, we have the same power capability, but looks to be updated with not only better MOSFETs and chokes, but the option to install a 40mm fan blowing right on the VRM heatsink. Anybody who’s played with AMD knows how useful that is. The Sabertooth also doesn’t sacrifice expand-ability with added features. We still have a good ra...



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AMD RX 480: The Good, the Not so Bad, and the Ugly

Wow! The RX 480 release has been wrapped up in more drama than a few seasons of Jersey Shore!!! Sure, that statement could be an over exaggeration considering I’ve never seen Jersey Shore, but the drama is real enough, that’s for sure. To be clear, my complaint is not directed at writers on other sites. I know of a slight disagreement between PCPer and Tom’s Hardware, but the issue was resolved almost immediately and professionally. With the power issue being fixed today, I want to discuss the good, the not so bad, and the downright ugly angles behind the RX 480 release. I’m still incredibly excited about how good the new releases are for graphics cards this year. In the case of AMD’s RX 480, I feel like AMD is doing a great job of meeting the appropriate expectations. When Maxwell hit the scene, the R9 300 series was almost laughable in comparison. To the series benefit, it was in a great price-to-performance bracket, but the bars set in overclocking and power efficiency were way above what was being hit by the more budget friendly option. Now, we have a card that is much, much closer to those standards with the RX 480. The reference design isn’t as strong in overclocking, but the AIB partners are sure to fix that in the coming weeks. While this can make the choice a bit harder between Red and Green, I don’t feel like builders will actually feel like they had to compromise in any area if they choose AMD, which is great! Now, it&...



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 ...



Phanteks RGB LED Strip 400MM, RGB LED Combo Set, and Extension Cable Combo Set Launch

RGB LED STRIP COMBO SET & RGB LED STRIP 400MM Rotterdam, The Netherlands, June 30th, 2016 – Phanteks announced the immediate releases of the RGB LED Strip Combo Set and RGB LED Strip 400MM. The high performance RGB LED strip features ultra high brightness LEDs and incorporate a number of unique features that ensure long-lasting, bright and even illumination. Phanteks RGB LED Strip Combo Set includes 2x 400mm magnetic RGB LED strips, RGB LED adapter for motherboards with 4pin RGB LED header, 1x Extension cable and 3M adhesive tape. With the RGB LED adapter included in the Combo Set, you can plug in the RGB LED adapter to motherboards’ 4pin RGB header and install it to any case on the market or plug it directly to Phanteks cases that has the LED connectors. If you are looking to add to your existing LED strip in your Phanteks case you can purchase the RGB LED STRIP 400MM, which includes 1x 400mm magnetic LED strip and 3M adhesive tape. The single 400mm LED strip can also connect directly to your Phanteks case that has the LED connectors (please check Phanteks website for compatible cases) . These kits make it easier to install and allow you to purchase only what you need. TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS Mounting Magnets (Double Sided Tape also included) Connector Input: 4 pin female Output: 4 pin male M/B Adapter: 4 pin (+12V,G,R,B) Input Voltage +12V Current 0.42A / 400mm Wattage 5.04W / 400mm Compatibility Phanteks 4 pin connector / M/B 4 pin RGB Header (+12V,G,R,B) L...



ADATA Releases the AI910 Lightning Card Reader Plus

ADATA Releases the AI910 Lightning Card Reader Plus iOS, Android, and Windows three-way sharing and backup Taipei, Taiwan – June. 30, 2016 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launched the AI910 Lightning Card Reader Plus. Featuring SD and Micro SD slots with support for up to 256GB capacity, the AI910 is a “three-way” device, allowing users to backup, read, and share content across iOS, Android, and Windows. The proprietary ADATA i-Memory app enables easy data management, with support for nearly 40 file formats, Ultra HD 4K video, and files larger than 4GB. It has a Lightning connector (MFi certified) and ships with Micro USB/USB cables to ensure seamless connectivity out of the box. The AI910 is covered by a two-year warranty.   Compatible with more devices than ever The AI910 carries Apple MFi certification, and has been designed to bridge the gap between platforms. Thanks to the inclusion of USB cables and tested compatibility, it works with iOS, Android, and Windows. Data transfer speeds through the Lightning connector to iOS devices are up to 30MB/s read and 20MB/s write. The three-way connectivity of the AI910 offers users a convenient way to read and write data across the most popular operating systems and devices available, including smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and desktops.   Free ADATA i-Memory app Available from the Apple App Store, i-Memory offers a simple but complete w...



TRENDnet expands NVR product line with new standalone 8-channel PoE+ network video recorder

TRENDnet expands NVR product line with new standalone 8-channel PoE+ network video recorder TORRANCE, Calif. – Jun. 29, 2016 – TRENDnet® (www.TRENDnet.com), a global leader in reliable SMB and consumer networking solutions, announced today that it has expanded its line of network video recorders (NVRs) with the launch of its new 8-Channel 1080p HD PoE+ NVR, model TV-NVR208. Later this year, TRENDnet will also launch three SMB-class NVR surveillance systems. TRENDnet’s 8-Channel 1080p HD PoE+ NVR provides a comprehensive video display, storage, and camera management solution, ideal for home users or users with a basic surveillance setup. The TV-NVR208 auto-recognizes and powers up to eight TRENDnet PoE cameras. Store up to three weeks of continuous video (with eight 1080p cameras at 30 fps with medium VBR) with support for up to eight terabytes of total storage space. “TRENDnet’s NVRs allow users to easily manage multiple IP cameras within a single interface, creating a command center for your entire surveillance network,” said Sonny Su, technology director at TRENDnet. “This command center serves to store large amounts of video footage from multiple camera sources into a single convenient location; the intuitive interface allows users to quickly navigate live video settings, recording schedules, and advanced playback options.” TV-NVR208 Additional Product Info Standalone 8-channel PoE+ network video recorder Plug and play up...



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The New GPUs are Great, but the Opinions are Terrible

There’s been so little time and so much going on that’s it’s killing me to not cover all the great things happening in the GPU market lately. The GTX 1080 easily conquered the most powerful graphics card spot, the GTX 1070 fits perfectly into the affordable high performance spot, and now the Rx 480 is a great mid-range main stream card. I want to focus on what NVIDIA and AMD has done for the market, but I also want to bring up how the fan boy wars seem to be destroying the PC building communities as we know them. The GTX 1070 is easily the unsung hero of 2016 release segment so far. While it’s ideally propositioned as a 1440p card, 4k isn’t a stretch with some settings tweaks. The Pascal architecture not only destroys DirectX 11 titles with ease, but much like Maxwell, it overclocks extremely well. The close release after the 1080 overshadowed the card, although it will likely be more popular than the 1080 in the long run. The only serious drawback is that because supply isn’t as high for the time being, retailers are selling the cards at a pretty high price over suggested retail values. Asynchronous support has come up a few times, but Async isn’t widely enough used to be an issue for the time being. My hope is that if Async becomes a boon for game development, that NVIDIA doesn’t keep muddying the waters with their “support.” Of course, this week was the big week for the RX 480 release. I think many of us in th...



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CABLEMOD Giveaway Winners Announcement

After a long couple of weeks of anticipation, we finally have our winners selected from the CABLEMOD giveaway! Pure Overclock wants to send a huge thank you to everyone who participated. The contest was fun and we want to thank CABLEMOD for providing the strips for the winners. Keep checking PureOC for upcoming news and reviews. check out the video below for the winners and we hope to have another giveaway down the road! https://cablemod.com/



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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.



FSP Introduces 700W PS2 Redundant Power Supply with 80 Plus Gold Efficiency

FSP Introduces 700W PS2 Redundant Power Supply with 80 Plus Gold Efficiency Achieves Highest Power Density of Any PS2 Redundant Power Supply June 23, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – FSP, the performance power specialist, is pleased to announce its new FSP700-70RGHBE1 PS2 redundant Power Supply. The FSP700-70RGHBE1 joins the FSP500-70RGHBB1 as the latest server-grade power supply from FSP. This time, two highly reliable 700W power supplies are offered, achieving 22.4W/in3 (watt per cubic inch,) the highest power density currently available in a standard PS2 redundant form factor. The two fully redundant, modular power supplies operate at 80 Plus Gold efficiency, and no specialized bracket is needed for installation. It is the first PS2 redundant which fits 80% of ATX chassis on the market without needing a special bracket. It’s compliant with both desktop ATX 12V and server EPS12V standards, suitable for many industrial PCs, and also compatible with rackmount server chassis 3U and above. It offers reliable, 24-hr performance at temperatures up to 50°C. 80 Plus Gold Efficiency in a Server-class Power Supply The FSP700-70RGHBE1 is a 80 Plus Gold certified switching mode power supply which uses active power factor correction and DC to DC convertors to provide stable, efficient power with low ripple and noise. It offers peak efficiency of 90% even when running at 50% load, saving significant operating costs. As a more efficient power supply, it lowers both electricity and cooling c...



3DMark Time Spy – DirectX 12 trailer and screenshots

3DMark Time Spy – DirectX 12 trailer and screenshots Since 1998 gamers have turned to 3DMark benchmarks to see the latest advances in real-time graphics made possible with each new version of DirectX. That’s why today I am excited to share the first official trailer and screenshots from 3DMark Time Spy, our new DirectX 12 benchmark test. Time Spy is a new DirectX 12 benchmark test, coming soon to all Windows editions of 3DMark. With its pure DirectX 12 engine, built from the ground up to support new features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading, Time Spy is the ideal benchmark for testing the DirectX 12 performance of the latest graphics cards. Developed with input from AMD, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, and the other members of the Futuremark Benchmark Development Program, Time Spy shows the exciting potential of low-level, low-overhead APIs like DirectX 12. In the trailer, you’ll get a glimpse of gaming’s future while revisiting classic 3DMark scenes from the past. For a bit of fun, see how many can you spot.   http://www.futuremark.com/hwc/tmp/3dmark-time-spy-screenshot-1.jpg http://www.futuremark.com/hwc/tmp/3dmark-time-spy-screenshot-2.jpg http://www.futuremark.com/hwc/tmp/3dmark-time-spy-screenshot-3.jpg http://www.futuremark.com/hwc/tmp/3dmark-time-spy-screenshot-4.jpg The Steam Summer Sale has just started. Grab 3DMark for just $4.99 and save $20 off the usual price. Everyone who buys 3DMark now will be able to...






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