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Enermax’s Awesome RGB Reservoirs are Here! The NEOChanger

I was completely taken off guard by Enermax/Lepa when I visited their booth in January. They had some great looking products, yet it felt like there wasn’t enough people taking notice. My feelings on the subject could be completely off, but it isn’t going to stop me from showing off more releases I think many builders would be interested in. It looks like the Enermax NEOChanger Reservoir and Pump kits are about to release and while I may be one of the few writers that gets excited about everything RGB, I’m really excited about the lighting on these units. There’s much more going on with these units than a simple RGB lighting effect. For starters, the RGB cycles can be controlled separately by an included remote if you need stand alone lighting control. However, the lighting can also sync with your motherboard’s if it has a 4-pin RGB header. The best part though is the flow rating on that pump. At 900 L/h, these seem like extremely capable units for a custom loop with multiple components. Top it all off with an RPM meter and it looks like a great offering from Enermax. Performance is a primary concern for many of us, but I still feel like RGB lighting is a great addition to any great part. Surely I’m not the only one who ends up staring at color cycle effects for minutes at at a time! Check out the rest of the press release below for more details and specifications. Stay tuned at PureOC because we plan to have a more detailed look at the ...



Corsair One Shakes Up PC Gaming

Corsair is releasing a fully built gaming PC? Let me go over to Newegg and see how much cheaper it would be if I built it my….. Huh. Normally, we don’t cover pre-built systems because we believe in the rewarding experience of building our own. While that never changes, there are times that a fully built system can catch our eyes though. Let’s face it, occasions arrive where we need to recommend a good pre-built system, or even want something compact to use in place of carrying our main rigs to things like LAN parties. What really surprised me was the fact that I could MAYBE match the price of this Corsair One system if I built it myself. While I’ll list the full details in the press release below, I mainly want to cover the specs of the base system. The MSRP starts at $1,799.99 and here’s what you end up with. The processor is the locked version of the 7700, but it still has a 240mm Corsair cooler on it. Of course you can expect Corsair Vengeance for the RAM and a Corsair PSU, but they also include one of their Force 240 GB SSDs. There’s also a terabyte HDD for additional storage. The big bonus is the fact that this system includes a solid gaming graphics card in the form of a GTX 1070. When the marketing claims VR ready, they mean that in a solid way. At this point, when I was mirroring these components on a Newegg list, I was having a hard time matching the MSRP that Corsair is offering in the One series. When you top off the final pr...



Should you use all AMD for your Next Build?

The debate of AMD vs Intel vs Nvidia is an age old one that will probably never cease. As long as there’s innovation in the PC market, there’s bound to be a new top dog in the fight. Intel still has the IPC lead in processing and Nvidia is killing it in performance and energy efficiency with their GPUs. So why, when given a sizeable budget and asked by my friend to build a PC, would I go all out with an AMD base? Check out the video for the full answer because the Red side seems to be offering one of the best, non-compromised experiences we’ve ever seen from them. As always, remember that experiences vary and feel free to add your thoughts to the equation by heading over to the PureOC forums!



Intel’s Response to 7700K Overclocking Makes Us Laugh (and cry a little)

Oh, Intel! Couldn’t you at least PRETEND you care a little for your enthusiast customer base? It looks like complaints about the 7700K having heat issues went farther than even I knew. If reports are true, some users have tried de-lidding, running at stock, and placing their CPUs under liquid to still see spikes go up in the 90s with minor tasks. I have to say I can believe it though, but it’s Intel’s response that is almost laughable, at least until you think about the true ramifications. I finally got a hold of a 7700K so I could review a couple of Z270 boards during CES. I’ve complained a number of times about the abnormally high temps, especially since I like to test overclocking on a day-to-day use, rather than simply going for the absolute highest clockspeed possible. In my testing, I would see massive temperature swings during idle periods, but didn’t think too much of it because they weren’t quite as extreme as what other users are reporting. In short, while the cheap thermal interface material between the chip and the heat spreader is a big part of the problem, it could be something to do with the architectural design as well. Intel finally decided to give an official response to the reports and while some of this can be expected, the whole package is kind of hard to swallow. They basically say that the chip is designed to run this way, to adjust dramatic changes in fan speed by using your motherboard fan curves, and that they...



Gigabyte BRIX Gaming VR Wins d&i Award Ahead of Computex

I know pre-built systems aren’t our thing usually, but I had to post this PR because Gigabyte has an impressive little device on their hands. Honestly, if I had the spare cash, this would be my LAN party machine for game days (that I hardly ever have anymore) or my editing station for travel. Shoot, it would even sub as a great paper-weight that does so much more than holding paper. The internal heatsink in this device was fantastic, allowing high performance hardware to run cooler than most, if not all, mini-PCs can handle. Check out the info on the award below and while we won’t be able to get to Computex this year, we will be keeping an eye on the news! GIGABYTE Mini PC Recognized for Outstanding Form & Function City of Industry, California, May 2nd, 2017 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is excited to announce that the BRIX Gaming VR has won a d&i award ahead of Computex 2017. This soon to be released Mini PC exemplifies the spirit of the d&i awards with its combination of gaming prowess and aesthetically pleasing design. Thanks to its small size of only 2.6L and powerful hardware, the BRIX Gaming VR miniature PC is perfect for use in VR setups, especially for standing and “room-scale” VR. This Mini PC packs a powerful NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 1060 into a sleek, black, brushed aluminum chassis with orange highlights. Its subdued but sporty look can fit into any room, whether a room ...



Deepcool Captain EX RGB: My Favorite Mini Nuclear Reactor Finally has Color Choice!

From the moment I first saw the Captain series of CPU coolers from Deepcool/Gamerstorm, it’s been my favorite design for a pump and block combo. Even then, the only thing I felt the design needed was RGB lighting to be complete. It turns out dreams really do come true because the Captain EX RGB looks like it just launched with availability coming next month. Outside of the RGB changes, everything else about the EX series is staying the same. We still have 120mm and 240mm rad options, while also staying in line with previous pump and flan flow specs. However, it looks like the unit will also include a single RGB LED strip as well. This is a fun surprise for people who enjoy lighting behind their tempered glass side panel. I’m still hoping that Deepcool will add 140mm and 280mm versions to the lineup, but I can’t help but be excited for these units to become available. Each unit will cost a decent amount, with the 120EX retailing for $99.99 and the 240EX going for $129.99. These aren’t the highest prices, but if you’re simply looking for performance then there’s several units that can give the Captains a run for their money. It’s when you start looking for the RGB options that these units get pretty competitive. Honestly, these units easily top my list for coolers I’d like to use in builds that cater to performance and ease of install, but still look excellent. Check out the link below for some extra details and we’ll kee...



EpicGear Morpha X Gaming Mouse Wins Computex d&i Award in Gaming Devices + Content of Games Category

See? I keep telling you the Morpha X is an amazing mouse! Obviously I know that mice preferences are subjective, but I can confidently say that EpicGear kept a strong element of practicality during the process of introducing modular innovation. I’m a huge fan of the design and feel of the Morpha X with the modular capabilities being a huge bonus. Check out the full press release below for more info and feel free to leave comments or questions in the forums! (For a more detailed look at the Morpha X, check out our review here.) EpicGear Morpha X Gaming Mouse Wins Computex d&i Award in Gaming Devices + Content of Games Category The Modular gaming mouse is named winner of annual award to be displayed at COMPUTEX, CES, Convergence, Gitex, iFA and MWC. Taipei, Taiwan – May 4, 2017 – EpicGear, the leading brand in professional gaming peripherals, today announces that they have won the prestigious Computex d&i Award (design and innovation) from Computex organizers TAITRA (The Taiwan External Trade Development Council) in conjunction with iF (International Forum Design). “We’re really honored to receive the Computex d&i Award” commented Jennifer Huang, Vice President of EpicGear. “EpicGear Morpha X Modular Gaming Mouse showcases our determination to offer innovative features and the absolute best gaming experience.” COMPUTEX d&i awards 2017 – Organized by TAITRA and iF The COMPUTEX d&i awards, hosted for the first time in 2008 by TAITRA i...



Radeon Graphics Take Gameplay to New Heights on Talos I with Day 0 Support for ‘Prey’

AMD has released driver 17.5.1 with performance improvements for “Prey.” Check out below for more about the driver, a link to the download page, and performance graphs. Radeon Graphics is the ultimate weapon in the fight for survival from day 0 in Bethesda’s new sci-fi thriller, ‘Prey’, with the Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.5.1 driver. Players gaming on Radeon will benefit from smooth gameplay as they shape the future of humanity on a Talos I space station overrun with alien mimics in a complex, lifelike environment. Here is our latest competitive performance at a glance: Up to 5% faster performance using Radeon Software 17.5.1 with Prey DirectX 11 on the 8GB Radeon RX 580 than with Radeon Software 17.4.4 Up to 78% faster performance using Radeon Software 17.5.1 with Prey DirectX 11 on 4GB Radeon RX 570 multi-GPU than with 4GB Radeon RX 570 single-GPU Up to 42% faster performance using Radeon Software 17.5.1 with Prey on the Radeon RX 570 (4GB) with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti (4GB) on NV 381.89 with DirectX 11 at 1920×1080 (1080p) For more details, please check out the performance charts below. You can download Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.5.1 here for the best experience on Talos I with Radeon.



Changing an Award? Rosewill Nighthawk 117 Overview and Promotion

I don’t make a habit of updating reviews or redoing a product. A reviewers life is one of commitment! On the other hand, sometimes I miss all the details of what’s going on and I end up with a second case. That’s alright though because Rosewill is having some nice promotions and being able to run through the Nighhawk 117 again was a great experience. Check out the video for a quick overview of the case again, but you can also check out our full review right here. After that, I’ll also include the details for Rosewill’s promotion which gives you some sweet savings on the case. For an additional 15% off the Nighthawk use the promo code and following link: RWTHH15 http://bit.ly/2ocSJOt Finally, I need to update my award. The issues that made me decide on a Great Hardware Aaward last time basically disappeared. Considering that and the lower pricing that doesn’t even include the promo code, the Rosewill Nighthawk 117 gets an upgrade to an Editor’s Choice Award! (I’ve missed building in full towers!)



R.B.T. (Right ‘Bove Touch) Could Revolutionize the Mouse

There is nothing inherently wrong with the mouse. We’ve been using it for decades now and with the exception of a few outlandish ergonomic mice, the overall design hasn’t changed. For average, light, infrequent use, there will be no noticeable repercussion. However, competitive gaming has greatly increased the frequency in which we move, click, and overall abuse the mouse. This has led to carpal tunnel and repetitive stress injuries, giving the active pro-gamer a severely limited career. Unfortunately, there are no ergonomic mice that can perform on a pro gaming level. Gamer and inventor Qeric Koten believes he’s found a solution. Qeric’s R.B.T. (Right ‘Bove Touch, pronounced “rabbit”) was not just developed for ergonomics, but for speed and function. The R.B.T. ‘s most important feature is the point of contact for clicking. A traditional mouse uses the distal phalanges, pads of the fingertips, to press in the left and right click. What the R.B.T. does differently is move the point of contact of clicking to the proximal phalanges, the first section of finger closest to the palm. The result is less strain on wrist ligaments (fewer muscles needed to click) and faster reaction speeds. Qeric says that this change in clicking point reduces the distance that the nervous system has to reach in order to react. In essence, shorter distance equals faster clicks. While speed is key, ergonomics remains an important part of it’s allure. The unique design hopes to ...



The Hyper Beast Comes to NZXT’s S340 Elite

If you were staring at the H440 Hyper Beast thinking about pulling the trigger, debating it for while, seeing the stock slip away and thinking you’d never get another chance like that, well NZXT has some great news for you. Apparently the art design was so well received, that graphic artist Brock Hofer made a design for the S340 Elite case. Honestly, this is already my favorite since the tempered glass side panel make the build look great, while the art design on the front and other side panel really sharpens the overall aesthetics of the case. Like last time, there will only be a limited amount of units, 1,337 to be exact, and you will find a bit of a price tag premium for this design in the amount of $199.99. Don’t let time run out if you know you need to own one of these! Will NZXT begin bringing new art designs to their cases, maybe in the shape of other game or even movie franchises? Check below for an image gallery and the full press release from NZXT. https://www.nzxt.com/products/s340-elite-hyper-beast Los Angeles, CA – April 18, 2017 – NZXT today announces the S340 Elite Hyper Beast Limited Edition, a monstrous psychedelic evolution of the popular S340 Elite mid-tower. Following up on last year’s highly sought after H440 Hyper Beast, NZXT and graphic artist Brock Hofer have again joined forces to deliver a case crafted for the dedicated CS:GO player. This new chassis features the breathtaking Hyper Beast weapon skin found on CS:GO’s infamous...



16 Phase VRM!?!?!?! Galax Unveils Geforce GTX 1080 Ti HoF Edition

I don’t publish on many individual GPUs much these days. It’s not because I don’t want to, it’s just there’s a ton of them and my time is pretty limited. That doesn’t mean I won’t speak up about something that blows my mind a bit. Galax just unveiled the Hall of Fame Edition of their GTX 1080 Ti design and the beast has a 16 phase VRM! That doesn’t include the additional 3 for the memory. It takes a lot of power to keep up with 19 phases, so it should come as no surprise that the card has three 8-pin power connectors. While the bracket only looks to take two slots, the fans stick out far enough to make it a 3 slot card. On the other hand, can you imagine what kind of overclock you could get if you put the GPU under a water block? As long as you don’t hit the silicon ceiling first, I imagine liquid cooling would give you a lot of headroom. Check out the article link for more details, as well as the gallery for a bit of a closer look. I didn’t see a retail price for this beast, but I’m pretty sure it will cost your next unborn child if you want to purchase one. Still, Galax looks like they’re doing a great job here and it’s nice to cover a name that we don’t see in the headlines all the time! http://wccftech.com/galax-geforce-gtx-1080-ti-hof-unveiled/ (Caution: Galax has creepy clown faces on their site. Wha….Hu….WHY!?!) http://www.galax.com/en/



BIOSTAR Beats Everyone to the Punch with AM4 Mini ITX Boards

Wow! Biostar is getting pretty serious about their motherboards and if community response is any indication, they may have a huge win on their hands here. It looks like they released two versions sporting the mini ITX form factor in the X370GTN and B35oGTN. Based on the questions I’ve seen, it looks like several people will be excited to have a mini ITX board to pair with Ryzen and the fact that these belong to the Racing series is a nice bonus. The only mystery left is why Biostar chose to release two chipset versions of what appears to be the same board. http://www.biostar-usa.com/app/en-us/mb/result.php?model[]=879&model[]=878& If you follow the link above, you’ll notice I ran a comparison of the two boards. The only difference I can find is the chipset. Personally, I feel like several companies are missing out on the true opportunity of the X370 and B350 chipsets. B350 is like it’s bigger brother in almost every way, but it doesn’t multiple graphics card configurations. That’s the only major difference. What this means is that the B350 can offer quality overclocking and high end board features while still maintaining smaller form factors and better cost efficiency. In other words, X370 should only be on full ATX motherboards with the intention to Crossfire or SLI, while B350 should be more of the mainstream chipset, offering options for good overclocking, but also relegating itself to the mATX or mini ITX form factors. I’m su...



Phanteks announces the latest addition to the EVOLV family, the EVOLV MATX Tempered Glass Edition

Tempered glass is beautiful. Phanteks cases are beautiful. What happens when you combine the two? ………. The Enthoo Evolv MATX is the next case from the company to get the tempered glass treatment. Features like the aluminum exterior, spacious interior and minimalist design are all items we’ve come to expect from Phanteks. What separates this case from other tempered glass units though, is the hinge design on the panels. This will make the build process quite a bit easier. Phanteks is offering 3 finishes on this design, Satin Black, Anthracite Grey, and Galaxy Silver. I could keep trying to describe this to you, but you’re probably better off checking out the image gallery below. http://www.phanteks.com/Enthoo-Evolv-mATX-TemperedGlass.html



AMD Radeon Releases the 500 Series Graphics Cards and Relive 17.4.3 Driver

It looks like the GPU wars are about to heat up again! I know the big reveal we’re waiting for is Vega, but those of you wanting to see Polaris refined before jumping in have good news with the Release of the 500 Series. Based on a quick look at reviews, it looks like the Polaris refresh has boosted clockspeeds and smoothed out performance, but it does use a bit more power and still doesn’t have a ton of overclocking headroom. On the other hand, Radeon is doing a great job of showing off other beneficial features. In the slide presentation, Radeon Relive, Chill and FreeSync are all pointed out. Having used Relive to do some video capture myself, I can say it worked really well in helping me grab a section of gameplay for one of my videos. Chill definitely helped idle down my R9 290s and FreeSync is so affordable, it’s really hard for me not to recommend an AMD GPU based on the monitor pairings alone. There are a ton of details so check out the press release info below, not only for the 500 series but also the new driver, as well a gallery of the slide presentation. RadeonTM RX 500 Series: The Most Compelling Graphics Card Upgrade Yet Designed with the perfect balance of performance and features for the 9 out of 10 gamers that play on outdated graphics cards SUNNYVALE, Calif. — April 18, 2017 — Today AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) introduced the RadeonTM RX 500 series, a new line of graphics cards featuring a powerful combination of improved game performance, high...






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