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Did D-LINK just Release a Nearly Perfect Gaming Router?

I think I can categorize wireless routers into two categories. Category A is cheap, limited hardware, but with an intuitive user interface. Category B is expensive, great hardware, but more settings than the average user wants to muddle through. While I’m not saying that good middle-of-road options don’t exist, I haven’t seen one that excites me nearly as much as what I just found. I’m not entirely certain when the DIR-869 AC1750 EXO released, but it feels like it just popped up out of nowhere. D-LINK may have offered us the best balance of performance to cost with this one. It turns out that both the DIR-879 and 869 were unveiled at CES earlier this year. While the 879 released in the first quarter, the 869 wasn’t supposed to release until the second one. I’m only bringing it up now because while scouring Newegg for the host of reasons I have to scour Newegg, a banner scrolled this by and I had to find out what was going on. It was the $119.99 price that really caught my eye. Considering this unit has AC wireless, a dual core processor, beam forming and intelligent QoS, the price seems like an excellent deal. The other nice thing about this router is the user interface. I recently purchased a D-LINK DIR-842 in an attempt to not only smooth some online gaming experiences out, but try yet again to get some better wireless coverage in my house. It was the first router that met and even exceeded my expectations. The new user interface is gr...



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SAMSUNG is Killing it Again with the New 960 Series SSDs

If there’s one thing we should all know by now, always expect SAMSUNG to outdo themselves. Their 950 Pro NVMe SSDs were already blistering fast, but apparently that wasn’t enough for them. Today, SAMSUNG announced the latest in the SSD lineup, the 960 Pro and the 960 Evo. If being faster isn’t enough, the price on the EVO is looking pretty enticing as well. I nearly had a heart attack when I saw sequential read and write speeds of 3,500 MB/s and 2,100 MB/s respectively. Of course, we’ve come to expect that on the Pro series. I shouldn’t be that surprised, but the Evo line comes in at 3,200 MB/s and 1,900 MB/s! This has been a trend for the Evos for a while, but I’m still slightly shocked how close that performance is to the Pros. The 960 Pro will be available in up to a 2 TB capacity while the 960 Evo will only reach a 1 TB capacity for the time being. What really caught my eye was that starting cost for the Evo. The recommended retail is $130 which is really good for an NVMe M.2 drive. No doubt that will be for the 250 GB option, but if that trend holds pretty closely for the 500 GB drive, we might see a price around $250. That’s really affordable considering the Evo is faster than most M.2 drives on the market right now by a good margin. Needless to say I’m excited about this release. If you want the full details, check out the rest of the press release below. Samsung Electronics Accelerates the NVMe Era for Consumers wit...



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Windows 10 is doing a Darn Good Job and Here’s Why

I almost hesitate to even bring this article to life because it’s the kind of thing that internet trolls, with their vitriol of insults, love to flock to. However, I feel like MICROSOFT deserves some praise for what it’s done with Windows 10. At the current rate, 10 might be the best OS to ever happen to the ultra-enthusiasts market since ever! I’m not trying to say Windows 10 is perfect, but from a builder’s perspective who likes fancy hardware configurations, I have a good reason to say MICROSOFT is doing a darn good job. I always have and always will love Crossfire/SLI setups. When I found out I had the chance to merely add a second GPU to my first build, I was ecstatic to try it and quickly fell in love with it. Since then, I’ve always opted to buy two lower end GPUs over one high end one. I work through the bugs I face and can’t get over how nice two strong GPUs look next to each other in my build. This is just the tip of the iceberg for a patch release that had the most minor bug fix description imaginable. In the patch before this last one, the release notes had a tiny phrase that mentioned video display fixes. What is minor in text was huge for me because now, my system no longer hangs when using Crossfire, FreeSync, AND dual displays. My secondary display is a standard 60 Hz panel paired with my adaptive sync one! I even further complicate the matter by having dual SSDs, one for the OS and the other for games and back ups. I k...



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NZXT Launches Aer RGB Fans

If you follow me, you might have heard me say that LEDs make your computer go faster. That’s because it’s a hard cold fact, as long as nobody tries to actually test it or anything. Regardless, I’m huge fan of RGB lighting and seeing it added to with the NZXT Aer fans is pretty fantastic. First off, I love the design on their RGB ring for the Aer. It’s unique in it’s shape, but also looks like it will have a great glow around the entire shroud. The other bonus is the fact that the Aer can be controlled by the Hue+. While a hardware control can be nice sometimes, it also means having access to knobs or buttons that you can access on the outside of your case. The Hue+ allows software access to the lighting, making control a bit easier on top of giving more control options. Check out the full press release below and get excited for more glorious lighting in our PCs! Lighting is in the Aer NZXT launches Aer RGB, premium LED PWM fans Los Angeles, CA – September 13th, 2016 – NZXT proudly announces today the Aer RGB line of LED PWM fans combining premium illumination options with efficient cooling performance allowing users to build powerful and beautiful systems. Operated via HUE+ and fully customizable by using CAM software, Aer RGB fans are easy to install and operate while offering a wide range of lighting options. Furthermore, the fans can be conveniently daisy-chained and assigned to different groups, letting users set up custom illumination...



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 ...



ENERMAX Launches the D.F.VEGAS Series with Self-cleaning Function

ENERMAX Launches the D.F.VEGAS Series with Self-cleaning Function September 13, 2016, Taoyuan, Taiwan – ENERMAX announces the extension of the D.F. series by adding two LED fans, D.F.VEGAS and D.F.VEGAS DUO. The D.F.VEGAS is a single blue color LED fan; the D.F.VEGAS DUO comes with 2-color LED (red and green). Both D.F. LED fans featuring the latest Dust Free Rotation technology can provide not only incredible lighting effects but also self-cleaning solution. Patented Dust Free Rotation (DFRTM) Technology for Self-cleaning The innovative DFRTM technology makes the fan to spin in reverse at the highest RPM set by the user for 10 seconds upon startup before it resumes to the normal operation. The DFR technology offers a smart self-cleaning solution to prolong the product lifetime and reduces the dust on radiator that gradually build-up throughout the time. Patented Adjusted Peak Speed (APS) Design Provides 3 RPM Ranges D.F.VEGAS and D.F.VEGAS DUO are also built with ENERMAX’s patented APS design, which enables users to individually widen or limit the fan’s RPM range according to the system configuration and requirements. The fans offer three different speed modes to provide the optimal cooling performance: Ultra Silent Mode, Silent Mode, and Performance Mode. Within the selected RPM range, the fans are controlled by pulse width modulation (PWM). This intelligent design gives users great flexibility in selecting the preferred fan speed to reach the balance between cooli...



TRENDnet introduces new Layer 2 managed network switches

TRENDnet introduces new Layer 2 managed network switches TORRANCE, Calif. – Aug. 16, 2016 – TRENDnet® (www.TRENDnet.com), a global leader in reliable SMB and consumer networking solutions, announced the launch of three new Layer 2 managed switch solutions, offering traffic management, troubleshooting, access control, and monitoring features. TRENDnet introduces two new 48-port Gigabit managed Layer 2 switches, models TL2-G448 and TL2-PG484. TRENDnet’s 48-Port Gigabit PoE+ Managed Layer 2 Switch, model TL2-PG484 features 24 Gigabit PoE+ ports, 24 Gigabit ports, and four shared SFP slots, with a 370 Watts PoE power budget. TRENDnet’s 48-Port Gigabit Managed Layer 2 Switch, model TL2-G448, features 48 Gigabit ports and four shared SFP slots. “Advanced Layer 2 managed switches allow businesses to easily scale their networks to handle the crucial task of meeting the needs of a thriving and growing organization,” said Evan Davis, senior manager of solutions engineering at TRENDnet. “TRENDnet’s new L2 switch solutions improve network administration efficiencies with several advanced management features designed to customize your network for your optimal performance.” Layer 2 managed features become increasingly important as a business’s network grows in both size and complexity. With TRENDnet’s L2 managed features, companies can customize their network design and layout. TRENDnet’s L2 switches feature comman...



G.SKILL Demos DDR4-3333MHz CL14 128GB and DDR4-3333MHz CL13 64GB Memory at IDF 2016

G.SKILL Demos DDR4-3333MHz CL14 128GB and DDR4-3333MHz CL13 64GB Memory at IDF 2016 Featuring High Performance Samsung ICs Taipei, Taiwan (18 August 2016) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, displays two super-large capacity DDR4 memory kits at ultra-high speeds with amazingly low CAS latencies at the Intel Developer Forum 2016 this week in San Francisco, including the Trident Z series DDR4-3333MHz CL14 128GB (8x16GB) and DDR4-3333MHz CL13 64GB (8x8GB) memory kits. Both kits are featured with high performance Samsung DDR4 8Gb components and operate on the latest Intel X99 platform with Broadwell-E processors.  Trident Z DDR4-3333MHz CL14-14-14-34 128GB (8x16GB) 1.35V G.SKILL is dedicated to pushing the performance limit of DDR4 kits to new heights with the latest platform generations. With the launch of Broadwell-E in May 2016, G.SKILL is pushing a 128GB (8x16GB) kit of the high end Trident Z series to a blazing DDR4-3333MHz frequency at a very tight timing of CL 14-14-14-34. Featuring the Intel Core i7-6800K processor and ASUS ROG Rampage V Edition 10 motherboard, this is one of the highest performance memory kits with such massive capacity. Trident Z DDR4-3333MHz CL13-13-13-33 64GB (8x8GB) 1.35V On a similar platform, featuring the Intel Core i7-6800K processor and ASUS X99-Deluxe II motherboard, G.SKILL also demonstrated an 8-module kit at 64GB (8x8GB) memory capacity a...



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...



ADATA Releases the Premier SC660 External SSD and Premier HC660 External HDD

ADATA Releases the Premier SC660 External SSD and Premier HC660 External HDD Ultra-slim 9.6mm form factor with luxurious metallic design and robust reliability Taipei, Taiwan – Aug. 18, 2016 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launched the Premier SC660 external solid state drive and Premier HC660 external hard drive. The two share a luxurious, sandblasted metal design that measures just 9.6mm in thickness. The grooved enclosure featured in both models is highly durable, resistant to shocks, scratches, and chipping thanks to an electroplated coating. ADATA continues to offer customers more options for external storage, enabling content mobility with easy sharing, multi-OS compatibility, and enhanced durability. Whether in SSD or hard drive form, the shared design of the SC660 and HC660 makes them highly attractive and practical storage products for users that want a combination of eye-catching style and portability. A slice of speed and style: Premier SC660 external SSD While just 9.6mm in height, the SC660 delivers high speed 440MB/s read and write performance to vastly boost data efficiency – an average full HD movie file at approx. 5GB takes just 26 seconds to transfer. Compatible with Windows, Mac OS, and Android, the SC660 is available in 240GB and 480GB versions, and works in plug n play with everything from desktops and notebooks to smartphones and game consoles. The SC660 weighs just 80g...



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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Hound Advice: Best Case for Cooling

Is it really the case, or is it all about the fans? Turns out it’s both. You need good fans, but you also need a case that supports lots of them. The Hardware Hound had a suspicion about what would be the best chassis for a system that generates a lot of heat, but now he has some testing that helps back up what experience was starting to show. Check out the video below so you can find out how to handle the heat, while still showing off all of the awesomeness in your build, as well as finding out what case seems to check both categories perfectly with crazy amounts of fan support. Don’t forget to like and subscribe, but keep checking back at PureOC for the latest news and reviews!



Introducing Aurora & Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic RGB LED-strips

Introducing Aurora & Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic RGB LED-strips BitFenix Aurora (10th August 2016): With simplicity and elegance in mind, BitFenix introduce you Aurora chassis, midnight black and artic white. Aurora is designed for high end aesthetically pleasing builds with water-cooled systems carrying an elegant theme of curved lines and glass windows with “BitFenix RGB Chroma Control” and “BitFenix SSD Chroma” certified by “ASUS AURA” letting you take control of the illumination of your system. BitFenix Aurora comes with two high quality tempered black glass windows on either sides. The left side glass is tinted crystal clear to give a premium look to the system while showcasing the high end hardware of your build. The right side is tinted completely dark to have your cable management behind motherboard tray hidden. With tempered glass panels, cable management need to be easy, and with the large space behind motherboard tray and cable tie brackets, Aurora provides excellent cable management room. Tempered glass panels are designed to be held to the chassis when removing the screw preventing accidental falling. Thus the user only need to support them while removing the screws.   “ASUS AURA” certified “RGB Chroma Control and SSD Chroma” are co-developed with Asus Republic of Gamers giving you the ability to customize the SSD illumination colors with “AURA RGB illumination” on motherboard and BitFenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic RGB LED colors. The controll...



Aerocool Displays All New Silent PC Chassis at Gamescom

Airbrushed PC Chassis Anyone? Aerocool Displays All New Silent PC Chassis at Gamescom DS-230: Dead Silence 230, Pure Silence and Elegance Win an airbrushed DS-230 – see it at Gamescom Gamescom 2016, COLOGNE, Germany – Aerocool Advanced Technologies Corp., a leading PC gaming hardware and accessories design company, announced today the new Dead Silence PC chassis to be exhibited at Gamescom from August 18th till August 21st in Cologne, Germany. Aerocool will display the all new Dead Silence 230 chassis (DS-230) at the joint-exhibition booth with Caseking in Hall 8.1 booth location B051. Both gamers and media partners will be able to take a close look at these and other new products from Aerocool, which are exhibited at Europe’s most popular exhibition for games and hardware. Pure Silence and Elegance: DS-230 raises the bar After the great success of the Dead Silence series with its DS Cube, DS 200, and the DS case fans, a new member joins the award winning high-end product line. The new DS-230 inherits great features from the DS-200, such as the elegant exterior design and the superior passive noise cancelling capabilities. Both side panels as well as the removable top-cover are equipped with two layers of noise cancelling materials. The chassis features a new LED illumination with seven colors and three lighting modes – always on, breathing or pulsating to choose from. The illumination is connected to the pre-installed PWM fan controller for six fans, which emits a...



BIOSTAR ANNOUNCES ITS COOLEST ITX BOARD YET: RACING B150GTN

BIOSTAR ANNOUNCES ITS COOLEST ITX BOARD YET: RACING B150GTN  Racing Series features in a small form factor August 11th, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR proudly announces the latest product to become part of the RACING series family of motherboards: the BIOSTAR B150GTN mini-ITX motherboard. This ultra-compact motherboard features all the best from the BIOSTAR RACING series with some new additions and packs them in its small form factor, perfect for gamers looking for a high-performance build with a small footprint, ready to take on the new games of today. Low-profile, Decked-out Features  The BIOSTAR RACING B150 GTN makes building powerful gaming PCs in the mini-ITX form factor more expressive and powerful thanks to the latest 6th-generation Intel Core processors, the RACING B150 GTN enables gamers to have the latest technology powering their systems for the best experience when they play. Next-generation storage via high-speed U.2 enables support for the fastest storage platforms of today to allow super-fast access to data so games load faster so you can get to the action quicker. The signature showcase feature that allows gamers to be able to show-off their personal style is back with the RACING B150 GTN with BIOSTAR’s exclusive VIVID LED DJ and 5050 LED FUN making it the world’s first mini-ITX motherboard with full RGB LED control for both onboard lighting and external lights. Both of these features allows customizable lighting for gamers who want a color-themed r...






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