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HIS R9 380 IceQ X2 Review

Today we're looking at the HIS R9 380 IceQ X2, a card that boasts a custom heatsink and a factory overclock, offering strong gaming values for consumers on a modest budget. With a reasonable price tag of $225, it sounds pretty good so far. Let's get this card on the bench and take a closer look.



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Gigabyte X99-SLI Motherboard Review

Introduction We are starting to see more and more Intel X99 series motherboards hit the market. The X99 series wasn’t designed to be a budget series platform, but that doesn’t mean it can’t fit into other marketing segments as well. There are many users who don’t feel right spending $500+ on a motherboard, but are okay with something in between this price and the low-end/budget models. Now that this platform has had its time to mature, manufacturers are releasing a range of X99 motherboards to meet the demands of all types of consumers. We have a wide variety, from high end enthusiast boards to the more basic motherboards. Today, we have a chance to take a look at a Gigabyte X99 motherboard that meets “mid range” description perfectly: the Gigabyte X99-SLI. This motherboard is designed with quite a few bells and whistles, but with a more moderate price. Let’s dive in and take a closer look…   About Gigabyte: GIGABYTE was founded in 1986, establishing our uncontested position in continuous technological innovation. By focusing on key technologies and achieving strict quality standards, GIGABYTE has been regarded as an innovative and trusted motherboard leader in the globe. To keep pace in a rapidly changing world, we have offered a comprehensive product line covering Motherboards, Graphics Cards, PC Components, PC Peripherals, Laptops, Slate Devices, Desktop PCs, Network Communications, Servers and Mobile Phones. W...



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Azio MGK1 Mechanical Keyboard and EXO1 Mouse Review

We're looking at the Azio EXO1 mouse and MGK1 mechanical illuminated keyboard, two devices that seem very capable on their own. However, when used together, the matching gunmetal finish and white illumination speak volumes for sleek aesthetics. Hey, we love innovation and cool features just as much as anyone, but good looks will only get you so far. Let's take a closer look at the Azio EXO1 and MGK1 see if they can manage to impress.



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The R9 Fury Just Released, Here’s a List of Reviews

AMD just released the little brother to the R9 Fury X, the R9 Fury, which means the reviews are starting to flow in. A while back I had mentioned that it was possible Fury, rather than Fury X, was going to be the card to own. Based on what I’m seeing, it looks like it’s the more competitive card. The performance of this cut-down version of Fiji is much better in comparison to the GTX 980, however there are some particulars in the reviews that not only need to be properly tested, but cleared up as well. The big issue with Fury right now is the huge lack of voltage control. Overclocking is extremely handicapped right now until software starts supporting power adjustment. The problem is, this is leading some reviews to say that there is no voltage control. Granted, news could still come out that voltage regulation isn’t possible, but that is highly unlikely since announcements have been made from programmers explaining the difficulties and reasons for the delays. The other issue that shows up in overclocking is the repeated statement that HBM can’t be overclocked. While AMD did give us that impression, WCCFTech uncovered some news that someone legitimately overclocked the HBM. The contradiction here makes sense when you think of how new the technology is. In theory, HBM should be a prime candidate for overclocking, but due to the freshness of the design, AMD can’t afford to be responsible for memory modules blowing out if it is revealed that ...



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Deepcool Assassin II CPU Cooler Review

Introduction When it comes to the CPU Cooling market, we know that there are lots of choices out there. But with so many options, how do we know which one is the right one? There are many aspects to choosing the right cooler for you. First, you need to look at what’s important… Here are a few questions you should ask yourself: 1. What kind of processor or platform will I be installing? 2. Will I need something that can handle overclocking? 3. What size of cooler do I need for my mainboard and case? We all know that picking the right cooler is also pretty subjective, as there are a wide variety of styles to choose from. If you have landed on this page, then you are heading in the right direction. Looking at reviews and comparing test results is the first step to researching the right CPU Cooler for your setup. Today, we have the pleasure to introduce to you the Deepcool Assassin II CPU Cooler. The Deepcool name has not been around for a long time. Unlike Cooler Master, Noctua, Thermaltake, Phanteks and other major mainstream brands, Deepcool is fairly new in this arena. We have only started to see them gain popularity in the last few years and we have to say that in this short time, they have grown quite a bit. The products we have seen from Deepcool are not only unique, but frequently offer outstanding performance. Will the Deepcool Assassin II CPU Cooler meet your needs? Today we are going to help you answer some of those questions. Let’s take a loo...



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Samsung EVO+ and PRO+ Micro SD Review

Today we're looking at the Samsung Micro SD PRO+ 64GB and EVO+ 32GB cards. They promise very different speeds for consumers and professionals alike, and we'll discuss those differences as we take a closer look at what Samsung has to offer with their latest splash into the retail market.



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Cougar 600K and 500K Gaming Keyboard Reviews

Introduction Pure Overclock just recently had the pleasure of reviewing Cougar’s flagship 700K Mechanical gaming keyboard. This keyboard received many accolades along with some of the highest awards from the industry for its beautiful aluminum construction and customized software. While the price tag is on the high side for the 700K model, some can justify spending that kind of money. We all know the term, “you get what you pay for,” but some of us are simply looking for the best bang for your buck. Plus, with the abundance of today’s gamers making comments like, “we don’t always use all the features” that are available on those more expensive keyboards, folks are looking for alternatives. All is not lost. With Cougar’s well received launch of its first mechanical gaming keyboards, they have set out to really expand in this arena. They came up with a wide range of options from the very affordable to the very expensive. Cougar likely aiming to reach a wider audience and we don’t blame them for doing so. In our hands today, we have their newly developed 500K and 600K gaming keyboards, both of which have been designed for gamers, typists and priced for your average joe who can’t quite justify the 700K’s price tag. So today, we get to put both these very affordable keyboards to the test to see how they match up with today’s competition and Cougar’s own 700K model.



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R9 Fury X and 300 Series Manufacturer Comparisons

Maybe you’re in the market for a new AMD GPU, but don’t know for sure which one you want. We can’t make the decision for you, but we can give you some side-by-side comparisons so you can easily see how each product differs. Once you find something that looks decent, we’d still recommend checking out reviews for a more in depth look into the performance of the unit, but just seeing galleries of the products can be a huge start. Also note that if you don’t see a back plate slide for a product, it’s usually because it doesn’t have one. Enjoy the slides and we hope this makes comparisons a bit easier. R9 Fury X Gigabyte   HIS   MSI   PowerColor   Sapphire   XFX  



New Platinum PSUs from EVGA and Seasonic

We have some new Platinum rated PSUs on the market and I can’t help but think this has a little to do with the new R9 Fury X. What’s interesting with the EVGA lineup is that they range from 650W to 850W, which is a great range for high-end mini-ITX systems. Seasonic is well known for high quality PSUs already, but they’ll be offering two knew models at 750W and 1050W. Check out the links below.   http://www.evga.com/articles/00943/EVGA-SuperNOVA-850-750-650-P2-Power-Supplies/   http://www.seasonicusa.com/SnowSilent%20Series.htm



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MSI R9 380 Gaming 4G Review

We're looking at the MSI R9 380 Gaming 4G, a card that boasts a custom heatsink, improved power design, and a factory overclock, all for a modest premium of only an extra $25. Sounds pretty good so far. Factor in that AMD is bringing a few new features to the market with the R9 300 series launch, and we're cautiously optimistic for strong gaming value.



Tesoro Announces The Thyrsus Optical MMO and MOBA Mouse With 6 Thumb Buttons

Tesoro Announces The Thyrsus Optical MMO and MOBA Mouse With 6 Thumb Buttons Keep a hand on the mouse at all times June 25, 2015, Milpitas CA, USA – Tesoro Technology USA Inc., a manufacturer of high-tech gaming peripherals, announces the Thyrsus optical gaming mouse. Named after the staff of Dionysus, the Thyrsus features comfortable, ergonomic design, a high-precision optical sensor, and 6 fully programmable thumb buttons for MMO and MOBA games. 6 Programmable Thumb Buttons for Macro Control Instead of the ordinary 1 or 2 thumb buttons, the Tesoro Thyrsus has 6 buttons positioned for thumb control, making a total of 10 fully independent and programmable buttons. The 64Kb of onboard memory allows users to configure up to 5 gaming profiles, 35 macro keys and 1600 recordable actions. The Tesoro Thyrsus is easy to control in the new, specifically designed software. Gamers can adjust the DPI, polling rate up to 1000Hz, and the multicolor LED illumination as well as program the 6 thumb buttons. Comfortable and Confident Control Omron switch technology gives the Thyrsus added durability, tactile feedback and satisfying clicks. The ergonomic design and rubberized coating on both sides give maximum comfort and grip. Gamers can pick from 6 levels of sensitivity adjustable up to 8200dpi. Accuracy is assured with 150 ips (inches per second) motion detection and 30g acceleration. A braided, 2 meter gold-plated USB cable lends added durability and prevents fraying. New Tesoro User I...



Lian Li Expands Desk Lineup with DK-Q2 and DK-03 Desk Chassis

Lian Li Expands Desk Lineup with DK-Q2 and DK-03 Desk Chassis Featuring Ergonomic Design, updated Legs and a Removable Motherboard Tray June 18, 2015, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd today announces two additions to the desk chassis lineup: the single-system DK-Q2 and the dual-system DK-03. Like the previous desk chassis, the aluminum body and tempered glass surface highlight the minimalism of this practical fusion of desk and chassis. The updates on these new models add simplicity to system building, more refined aesthetics and ergonomics. Ergonomic DesignWith g ratitude to such positive feedback, Lian Li has refreshed ergonomics in the design of the DK-Q2 and DK-03. The body depth of the desk has been reduced to give you more leg room. The 30mm of height expansion allows a larger variety of user legs to fit comfortably under the desk. Taller, stronger adjustable legs and thinner body allow a much more natural height and angle of arms for typing, the extra legroom makes a big difference. Removable Motherboard Tray The DK-Q2 and DK-03 include removable motherboard trays to make system building easier. The motherboard trays also allow system builders to route cables underneath to facilitate better airflow and cable management. The DK-Q2 supports motherboards up to ATX, while the DK-03 supports two motherboards simultaneously; one SP-ATX at 12”x10.6” for the primary side, and an additional mini-ITX motherboard on the alternative side. Water Cooling Fea...



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Memory Speed vs. Latency – Clearing up the Confusion

Introduction We love speed as much as the next performance seeker, and many of us spend great sums of money and loads of time trying to optimize our systems, find the best parts for a new build, and squeezing every bit out of components. Admittedly, some components are easier to overclock or extract maximum performance, some are more difficult, and some are, well, just plain misunderstood. It’s probably a fair and reasonable statement to say that memory performance is one component typically found in the last category. The crux of the issue often comes down to how we perceive and “rate” memory performance, and the two most critical factors which influence that performance: speed and latency. There seems to be some significant misinformation and misunderstanding, and we see it often in the forums, in review comments, and elsewhere. So we decided to go straight to the experts to find out how these two factors influence memory performance: we talked with Crucial. Crucial is a global brand of Micron Technology, one of the world’s foremost leaders in memory design and manufacturing. They not only produce their own performance products and memory lineups (as well as SSDs, flash drives, and all other things related to memory), but they are also OEM suppliers to some of the biggest names in the industry. Needless to say, Crucial knows memory. We briefly spoke with Jeremy Mortenson, who is the Worldwide Memory Product Marketing Manager at Crucial, and asked ...



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Phanteks Enthoo Evolv mITX Chassis Review

Introduction Earlier this year we took a look at one of Phanteks Evolv mATX Chassis called the Enthoo Evolv. The Enthoo Evolv Chassis took home our Editors Choice award for its outstanding features and solid construction. Since that time, Phanteks has been hard at work developing new products and growing its already outstanding product line. Today we have a chance to take a look at a new addition to the line up. We have the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX Chassis. At first glance, the Phanteks Evolv ITX Chassis mimics its bigger brother with the obvious changes in size. But with the popularity of small form factor builds, miniITX cases have become a hot commodity, so its no surprise to us that Phanteks would want to move into this arena. Will the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX meet the expectation of builders and live up the reputation of its larger sibling? Today we are going to take a closer look at the chassis and find out. But before we do that, let’s talk about who Phanteks is:   About Phanteks “Phanteks was founded from a group of engineers with a total of 20 years of international experience in thermal solutions. They paired up with a Dutch design team and established Phanteks in 2007. Phanteks venture into the CPU cooling industry with two goals in mind, high-end quality and innovative products in thermal solutions. As a relatively young company, we strive to develop top quality and superior products. Our Phanteks Design Team is situated in the Netherlands and...



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Lian Li Launches PC-O8 Dual-Compartment Chassis

Lian Li Launches PC-O8 Dual-Compartment Chassis Tempered Glass Panels and RGB Lighting Put the Spotlight on Hardware June 11, 2015, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd today launches the PC-O8 dual-compartment chassis. Comprised of aluminum and tempered glass, the PC-O8 allows DIY builders to show off their high-end, intricate setups, while hiding cables and less eye catching components in the large compartment behind the motherboard tray. Two Compartments Through the front glass panel, the PC-O8 is divided into two zones. Zone 1 allows DIY enthusiasts to show off their motherboard and graphics cards through the edge-to-edge side panel windows. On the other side of the motherboard tray, Zone 2 gives plenty of room for cables and less eye-catching components such as hard drives and the power supply. Adjustable RGB Interior Lighting DIY enthusiasts can adjust the interior lighting through the included RGB lighting kit complete with LED strips, cord clip, dimmer and controller. The back mounted controller allows instant analog color selection. Tremendous Water Cooling Support With plenty of room to work with, installing elaborate water cooling setups is simplified in the PC-O8. In Zone 1 the top panel can support a 240mm radiator, while in Zone 2 the front intake can house a 360mm radiator in a push/pull configuration. Modular Hard Drive Cage The PC-O8 chassis supports up to six 3.5″ drives and two 2.5″ drives in the removable drive cage in Zone 2. This HDD...






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