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PHANTEKS’ Power Combo has more Ramifications than you’re Realizing!

“Dual sockets, CrossfireX, SLI, Raid 0… Why not PSUs?” That seems to be the the train of thought PHANTEKS was thinking when they announced the new Power Combo releasing this month. At first, it seems really exciting to be able to combine two power sources to work together as one. On further thought, the practicality behind the Power Combo begins to feel a bit contrived. The actual circumstances where a user can put two power supplies to work on one system are pretty limited, however, I believe the Power combo can open a whole new approach to how future systems are built. In order to see the full potential of the Power Combo, we have to look at several industry changes that are taking place right now. The first and most obvious change is DirectX 12. I’ve long been a proponent of dual GPUs in my systems. Practicality has nothing to do with it. If I have $500 to spend on an upgrade, I’ll always have two $250 cards in CrossfireX or SLI because I love the look of two cards in my system. This comes with some heavy pre-planning though, because I need the rest of my system to be able to handle the extra load. Previous APIs didn’t allow for hardly any variation when it came to matching two graphics cards, so it was best to buy both GPUs as close as possible to each other. DirectX 12 on the other hand, is beginning to shine light on the possibility of upgrading to a stronger GPU, while keeping your old one around for a bit of extra power, since th...



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NZXT Releases the Shue+

Sometimes, having an awesome looking computer isn’t enough. For some it may be a car, an outfit, or even some flashy wearables, but nothing is going to top what NZXT has in store for us. I think it’s safe to say that the only way to truly stand out in the club is with their new shoes, the Shue+. While you can certainly use these to make a best first impression, NZXT didn’t forget to keep their usual level of quality and functionality as well. Nothing will allow you to brand yourself with your very own style the way the Shue+ can. With a full RGB color spectrum on the sole, you can easily customize your shoe to give exactly the unique look you desire. NZXT also linked the Shue+ with Cam 3.0 so you can control your LEDs from your own PC. I haven’t heard word on whether they’ve linked them with their mobile app yet, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before you can control your lighting on the move. NZXT didn’t neglect practicality though. They embedded VR screens in the Shue+ as well, so you can VR no matter where you go. It’s just like walking a mile in your video game characters shoes! The Shue+ is retailing for $179.99 on the NZXT site. This is an absolute steal when you consider that most regular sneakers cost four to five times as much. Trust me, I checked amazon for several hours just to be sure. You not only get an extremely great shoe with excellent performance in running, hiking, playing sports and even scub...



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CREATIVE Sound BlasterX H5 Gaming Headset Review

Introduction Headsets are devices I’ve avoided most of me life. Being a PC gamer, it seems odd to say this. On the other hand, when I would try a headset, I would find them, hot, uncomfortable, and lacking the type of sound quality I’ve come to expect from a good pair of book shelf speakers with a quality amplifier. CREATIVE set out to change my opinion (unawares) by sending me the Sound BlasterX H5 gaming headset to review. The timing couldn’t be better since I was about to pull the trigger on something to help hide the noise of my various games and speech clients from my family. I thought I would be sacrificing my comfort, but I found an experience that I wasn’t sure even existed until now. Before we jump into the details, let’s look at a bit of info on CREATIVE, the company behind the Sound BlasterX H5. Also, check out the video review featured above!



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SWIFTECH H320 X2 Review

Introduction Today we have yet ANOTHER CLC…. Haha! I’m just kidding. What SWIFTECH is doing in the cooling market is unprecedented and to say that it’s “just another” AIO unit would be doing the H320 X2 a vast injustice. That being said, just because a company advertises top features doesn’t mean that a particular unit will measure up. Spoilers: that isn’t the case for our unit here, but we’ll dive into the details soon enough. What SWIFTECH is doing is bringing the custom cooling experience to the PC without all the risks involved in putting water so close to delicate computer parts. I have to say, I was extremely excited to get my hands on this unit and I can’t wait to tell you how it went for me. Just hang in there! We’ll get to the H320 X2 soon, but before we do, let’s hear a word from SWIFTECH. Swiftech® was founded in 1994 by Gabriel Rouchon, and incorporated in 2001 under the legal entity name of Rouchon Industries Inc., dba Swiftech. Its sales skyrocketed in early 2001 following the release of the famed MC370 line of heatsinks. Reviews of the heatsink in the Internet Press propelled Swiftech® into the limelight as the number one source for high-performance heatsinks in the aftermarket computer parts Industry. Over the course of the last decade, Swiftech® has emerged as one of the leading forces driving the high-end thermal management scene in the personal computer industry. Pioneering work, in...



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ROSEWILL Nighthawk 117 Review

Introduction It’s time to spread our wings and fly! The analogy only goes as far as the title ROSEWILL is using for one of their newer cases, but I thought it sounded fun and inspirational. ROSEWILL has been in the background of the hardware industry for what seems like forever now. Sure, they may not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of a computer case or gaming peripherals, but they’ve always offered compelling choices for those who want a solid product but can’t afford a top brand. The Nighthawk 117 doesn’t look to be an exception here, but before we look at it in further detail, let’s look a bit closer at ROSEWILL’s philosophy. Rosewill’s mission is to consistently deliver reliable, high quality PC gaming, IT hardware and home products through leading innovation and long-lasting relationships. Rosewill Inc. was established in 2004, founded by manufacturing reliable, high-quality technology products. The first products under the Rosewill brand name included computer components such as computer cases, power supply units, keyboards, mice and cables. Over time, the product line strategically developed and entered new areas of growth, including PC gaming and home products. Under the management of experienced e-retail experts, Rosewill products can be found on all top e-commerce sites, along with product information and reviews. Today, Rosewill currently manufactures and markets an immense catalogue of inventive produc...



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NZXT Manta Mini-Tower Case

I love this case the layout and design are awesome plus you have all the attributes of a mid-tower in a smaller footprint.



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New Vendor Management Change for PureOverclock.com

Hi folks! I wanted to give our amazing members a heads up that we have instituted a change to the background management of the site. Some of you might have noticed that Josh (aka @joshjaks, aka the Hardware Hound) has taken over the Vendor Management duties for Sandy (aka @Cyberburnout). Don’t worry though! Sandy is still here helping out in the background and lurking in the forums. Sandy has done a remarkable job as the Vendor Manager of PureOverclock.com for the past couple of years! His work was nothing less than phenomenal, and we attribute many of our successes to Sandy’s hard work. We are sad to see him fade into the background, but he has several very positive IRL responsibilities which are pulling him away from the time consuming Vendor Manager gig. We wish him the best of luck, and are glad he is still around to help us in the background! Josh has taken over the duties of the position for several months now, and has been doing a fantastic job. He has big shoes to fill, but he is stepping up to the plate with unbridled enthusiasm and commitment! Seriously, if we could bottle up Josh’s passion and sell it, we would transform the world! We wanted to give you folks the official word so you aren’t wondering what’s going on. We are excited about the future growth and development of PureOC under Josh’s leadership, and can’t wait to see the other exciting things he has in store for us! Please give a hearty thank you to Sandy, and ...



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RAIJINTEK Triton 360 Review

Introduction Oh no! Not another all-in-one unit!?! It’s completely understandable if you’re thinking that right now. We’ve gone from a couple of years ago of having a few limited options, to having so many entries in the cooling market that it will make your head spin. RAIJINTEK is a pretty new name in the AIO industry and they have a lot going against them already just by entering the fray this late in the game. On the other hand, it looks like they’re heading in the right direction with their Triton 360 series. We’ll begin looking into the unit in more detail shortly, but before we do, let’s take a second to hear what RAIJINTEK has to say about themselves and their philosophy.Also, if you like videos, check out The Hardware Hound’s review below. It follows more of the larger points, but keep reading to get the full breakdown on the Triton 360.



CableMod WideBeam LED Strips

CableMod® WideBeam™ LED Strips Premier Purveyor of Premium PC Cables Perfects the LED Strip (January 22, 2015) – With the release of premium CableMod cables just one short year ago, PC enthusiasts can see the difference some innovation and care makes to PC cables. Today, CableMod announces our foray into the world of PC lighting with CableMod WideBeam™ LED Strips – the ultimate PC lighting solution. CableMod WideBeam LED Strips exhibit the very same care and attention to detail that CableMod brings to PC cables. We’ve rethought virtually every component – from the adhesive and power connector, to the LEDs themselves. The result of all of this is a series of LED strips that truly have no equal – a perfect lighting solution for the discerning PC enthusiast. The story begins with the specially-designed LEDs used on these LED strips. Dubbed WideBeam™, these LEDs are not only some of the brightest available, but also feature a beam angle that is up to fifty percent wider than conventional LEDs for a more even lighting effect. With WideBeam LEDs, you can be sure that your prized components are lit evenly and beautifully. Modern PC cases are being made from a wide variety of materials, which means one adhesive doesn’t fit all. To address this, WideBeam LED Strips come in two series – Magnetic and Foam. Designed for cases made out of steel, the WideBeam Magnetic Series have several rare earth magnets underneath the waterproof resin. These magnets are super...



DEEPCOOL Debuts GENOME at CES 2016

DEEPCOOL Debuts GENOME at CES 2016[  2016-01-07 10:09:08 Author: DEEPCOOL Editor: DEEPCOOL - – It’s Not A PC Case, But An Extreme Liquid Cooling Solution Let’s make PC liquid cooling system simple PC enthusiasts have been suffering a hard case for years that it’s quite difficult for most of the PC consumers to build up an extreme liquid cooling system by themselves. To improve PC user experience is why DEEPCOOL comes up with the product. DEEPCOOL Genome is an integrated PC liquid cooling solution, consists of an ATX PC case and an extreme liquid cooling system. Integrated Pre-installed liquid cooling system, including a 360mm radiator, 3 PWM fans and a reservoir offers PC gamers not only cyclic great cooling performance but also an aesthetic design. Aesthetic liquid cooling system blends in the ATX case provides PC builders an integrative PC building experience. Optimized Amazing side window reveals the interior and ensures visible effect. Wider space and logical holes design offer a better cable management. Detail Innovative structure with separated functional areas provides extended support: Extra slots for vertical GPU installation (PCI-E extension cable is not included) Extended window reserved, supports longest 330mm Graphic Card ×2SLI Product video:https://youtu.be/WDhF9j-66G0 Available in January, 2016 MSRP: $249.99 USD Show Time: January 6, 2016 Show Location: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas For more information, please visit:www.deepcool.com



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Noctua industrialPPC 24V Fans and Chromax Accessories Review

Introduction Typically, nobody is supposed to run a piece of hardware outside of the way that it was intended to run. Of course, we make exceptions because we love to overclock things and see how much extra performance there is to be gained. So it may seem a bit strange to review something and only give it half of what it’s capable of. When you consider that the goal is silence in cooling, then it begins to make sense. NOCTUA just released a new series of industrialPPC fans that rate at 24V. While this can be useful for high end server environments that don’t care about noise as much, the benefit for everyday consumers is at 12V, the fans will run more silently while hopefully giving decent air flow. We’ll find out how well they do, but there’s one more huge thing that consumers have been waiting eons for. COLORS!!! That’s right. NOCTUA is finally giving consumers a broad range of colors to customize their fans beyond brown or beige (I suppose there were those grey colors too). Personally, all it took for me to fall in love with a NOCTUA fan was to see how it performed in person, but I totally understand people who don’t go in on one of them because of the color scheme. Now there are Chromax accessories that allow the user to customize each fan to have a splash of color that matches a build better, while still having the professional look that comes from having a NOCTUA fan over a flashy LED fan. We’ll see how those look in a b...



Phanteks Mini XL Dual System Launch

ENTHOO MINI XL DUAL SYSTEM PH-ES414DS_BK Walnut, California, December 2nd, 2015 – With the overwhelming response from the community, users have requested for a solution to the Enthoo Mini XL’s dual system configuration setup. Today, Phanteks announces the release of the Enthoo Mini XL Dual System. The Mini XL Dual System will have Phanteks Power Splitter and the Mini ITX upgrade kit pre -installed. With Enthoo Mini XL Dual System, users can run two fully functional system independently of one another. The Mini XL Dual System provides users to have the option of having a high powered gaming system and workstation or Gaming system and streaming system all in one case.   Appearance The Mini XL Dual System, a compact and power structure with sandblasted aluminum faceplates with matte finish. The Mini XL has a stealthy interior design with hidden PSU and HDD’s. It also comes with two separate front I/O for the dual systems and a light system with multi-color control (10 colors). Functionalities The Mini XL Dual System will feature dual removable hard drive cages, 2x Drop-N-Lock SSD brackets, fully equipped dust filters, mod friendly structure, and Phanteks’ cable binders for easy cable management. Air Cooling and Water Cooling Features The Mini XL Dual System comes with a convenient pump bracket, PWM control hub, and a radiator bracket. The case is equipped with 3x Premium Phanteks’ fans for optimal airflow to the CPU and GPU. Also, the power supply’s location ...



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Samsung USB 3.0 16GB and FIT 32GB Review

Samsung is targeting mobile users who want both capacity and durability in a very small form factor. Today we're looking at the Samsung 16GB and FIT 32GB USB 3.0 flash drives. They promise very quick speeds for mainstream consumers and professionals alike, so let's take a closer look at what these tiny drives have to offer.



Lian Li Announces The CB-01 CPU Water Cooling Block In The US

Lian Li Announces The CB-01 CPU Water Cooling Block In The US Lian Li Style and Craftsmanship Brought To DIY Water Cooling Enthusiasts November 5, 2015, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd announces the CB-01 CPU Water Block. Manufactured by Lian Li in partnership with cooling experts from Overclockers, UK, a world-record overclocking team, this is Lian Li’s first water block ever. With their passion for quality materials, the CB-01 is made to the same exacting standards as Lian Li’s outstanding cases. The cold plate has a heart of solid copper in a nickel coating and a final layer of tin-cobalt for extra cooling, durability, and corrosion resistance. The top is a translucent acrylic block that visibly guides the cooling waters through the microchannels. The simple yet sturdy mounting fits virtually all modern and past motherboard sockets securely. For a bit of flare, there are holes pre-drilled for 5mm LED lights. Ultra Thin Microchannels for Targeted Cooling and Water Flow The CB-01 uses a standard G1/4” thread so most DIY water cooling components will easily fit the inlet and outlet ports. The inlet is deliberately offset against the outlet to allow the coolest water to enter the block in direct contact with the middle of the hottest CPU core. It then flows across the other cores and vents on the opposite side. The microchannels have an area of 32.2mm by 27.3mm but because they are contoured with precision grooves, they provide a greater ove...



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Corsair H110i GTX Review

Introduction Who says reviews have to be 100% serious all the time? With the time of the year being what it is, I decided to have a little fun with the video portion of the review. This could be the first and last time you get to see a star ship captain explore the finer details of a PC component. We hope you enjoy the video, but let’s go ahead and jump into the written review of this Corsair unit. Corsair has been known for making silent CLC units. They usually sacrifice pump and fan speed to avoid some noise, but at the same time their units have managed to stay pretty high on the performance pile. Recently, however, the competition has been working harder and Corsair has had to start making units that could offer better performance over raw silence. This is where the GT and GTX line of coolers are coming from. The Corsair H110i GTX is trying to offer the best performance of any CLC on the market. Will it succeed? We’ll try and find out how well this unit measures up, but before we begin, let’s hear a brief word from Corsair themselves. Founded in 1994, Corsair has grown from pioneering the high-performance DRAM market to one of the world’s leading providers of enthusiast-grade PC components and peripherals. Our groundbreaking technology and innovation can be found in our high-performance memory, ultra-efficient power supplies, PC cases, PC and CPU cooling solutions, and solid-state storage devices. Under the Corsair Gaming brand, launched in 2014, w...






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