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The Hardware Hound Episode 2

After a crazy 2014, the Hound is back taking care of business and boy did he have some catching up to do. On this episode, he covers a nuclear reactor disguised as a CPU cooler, some important features on Windows 10, and most importantly, new GPUs from both NVIDIA and AMD. So sit back, enjoy the show and get excited because great hardware news is always good news!



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ECS LIVA X Mini PC- Review

Introduction   Here we are at the beginning of a new year where we can start fresh on old habits, forgotten projects of days past, and new promises to self and others; it is all about moving forward. Last year ECS released a mini PC kit called LIVA. We were invited out to a press event in San Jose to discuss it and a few other products.  Article here.  The small black box PC was meant to be assembled before the end user installed their preferred OS. This wasn’t overly difficult for even a beginner but it may have intimidated some into looking for other solutions. LIVA had a decent amount of processing power, small footprint, built in Bluetooth/WiFi and was priced competitively. Overall it was a good first out for ECS. Now we have a new year and a fresh attempt to introduce Mini PCs to those with an imagination, limited space, HTPC or even digital signage. The LIVA X is an update to add features and correct some of the pitfalls found in the first iteration of the LIVA MINI PC. I have high hopes for the LIVA X so let’s see if it can replace my current full size HTPC solution.     ECS, the Elitegroup Computer Systems, was established in 1987, and almost 30 years of business. More than two decades, ECS has overcome a great deal of obstacles facing new businesses and has experienced the joy of significant growth and development. Her main focus has expanded to not only motherboards, but also desktop and notebook computers, graphics cards and other mo...



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GX Gaming SW-G2.1 2000 Gaming Speakers – Review

Audio has been a major component of gaming dating all the way back to Pong and Centipede. A good soundtrack and audio reproduction adds to the overall experience of any game just as a bad soundtrack or sub par reproduction can take away from that experience. Discrete sound cards, integrated audio chips, gaming headsets and complete speakers systems are some of the more common items discussed for delivery of gaming audio. Often you will find multiple solutions in a serious gamers tool box, A gaming headset for late night gaming sessions and a speaker solution for when free to play as loud as possible.



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Introducing the NZXT DOKO! A Unique Take on PC Streaming

      A PC streaming device that brings you the full functionality of your pc, anywhere in your home.     Los Angeles, CA – DOKO is a PC streaming device that connects to your network and allows you to easily use your PC in the comfort of your living room. Run office software, stream limitless media content and play PC exclusive titles – do anything and everything your PC can do, anywhere in your home. The current problem with modern PC streaming technologies and set-top boxes is that they all come with their own pre-defined limitations. TV boxes are restricted to their own set of media channels, file formats and limited applications. PC game streaming and screen mirroring devices are all restricted by their own platforms, proprietary technologies or latency issues. Utilizing a gigabit connection to your network, DOKO offers low latency (50-80ms) high definition (1080p, 30fps) streaming with unparalleled compatibility. And unlike current streaming devices and set-top boxes, DOKO offers four USB ports with USBoverIP technology. With this technology, plugging a USB device into DOKO is just like plugging that USB device into the PC that is being streamed, no matter how far away. This gives you the freedom to use the input devices you already own and are used to. Freeing you from the restrictions of current PC game streaming technologies, DOKO lets you play any game your PC can, all in the comfort of your living room. No proprietary software or har...



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Gigabyte Raptor Gaming Mouse

With the Raptor gaming mouse, Gigabyte is targeting a rather specific crowd in the gaming world: those who want a claw-style rodent. We don't see many of these, and the Raptor looks sleek and comes with a few interesting features. Not only is it a claw mouse, but it's also nearly ambidextrous. Interesting, to be sure. But will it alienate mainstream users, or zero in on those who want something special? Let's take a closer look at the Gigabyte Raptor gaming mouse and make the call.



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Best of 2014

Intro and Honorable Mentions With 2014 having come and gone, I’m sure all of us are greatly looking forward to amazing hardware coming in 2015. But one thing we get to see a lot of is the “Best of” everything that happened in 2014. So even though 2015 is looking very promising, we thought it would be great to look back through the year and do our very own “Best of 2014.” We decided on 5 news pieces, and 10 reviews that were considered to be the cream of the crop. Are you ready for the picks? Before we go into our official list, something always gets left out that just couldn’t be squeezed in with the leaders of the pack. Due to the overwhelming guilt we felt on a couple of really good articles that we just didn’t want to leave out, we decided to have some Honorable Mentions. Our first one comes from the news category, The Hardware Hound Presents: Windows 10, a Gamer’s Perspective. Honorable News http://www.pureoverclock.com/2014/10/the-hardware-hound-presents-windows-10-a-gamers-perspective/ Windows 10 made a big wave that increased the more that details about the upcoming OS were released. Windows 8 had become a pretty big disappointment and 10 was poised to fix many of those problems. Then Microsoft released the tech preview. The Hardware Hound took it upon himself to give Windows 10 a full blown try, and the results were surprisingly satisfying. Windows 10 made a good first impression and as such, Pure Overclock was ab...



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InWin D-Frame Mini mITX Case Review

Introduction Sometimes when you plan out your PC build, you want something that really stands out from the crowd. Price be damned, you want your rig to grab everyone’s attention in the extreme. To that end, there aren’t really a great deal of options out there that deviate much from the standard rectangular prism layout we’ve all come to expect. Things get even more limited when you start to discuss the prospect of an mITX system being the focus of the build; short of making something from scratch, your options get even more constricted. What’s a system builder to do?   If money is no object and you want opulence in the most functional way possible, InWin may have something that’s right up your alley. As of late they are most well known for their artful use of aluminum and tempered glass in cases like the S-Frame, the 901/904, and the D-Frame, and today I’m gonna take a look at the D-Frame’s little brother, the D-Frame Mini. Equipped with the same tubular aluminum and open-air design as its larger sibling, I’m going to see if this form factor does an mITX system any justice, and decide if the 300 dollar premium is really worth it in the end. I’d like to take a moment to share the InWin logo story straight from their website:  



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DeepCool Displays a new sense of style at CES

PENTOWER PENTOWER is constructed from trestles,panels and aluminum shell. The unprecedented pentagonal prism structure has made the case to be an artistic product on table. In order to make a neat and tidy lay out, we place the motherboard supporter at one corner, and graphic card at opposite. By using PCI-E extender, these two core components become nearly parallel rather than vertical. The remaining space is filled with 1×3.5 hard drive bay, 2×2.5 hard drive bay and one slot-load optical drive which can be changed to one 2.5 hard drive bay.     There is a cable management channel in the central of the case, components are connected as easy as in traditional cases, in fact the whole installation process could be more easier; after the shell is removed, all of the panels and trestles are exposed, users can install units directly without uninstall any other part of the case. The case adopts horizontal airflow channel, the heat ventilation performance is excellent, because of warm air rising.     Tristellar 3 independent cabins constitutes this unique and amazing case. Each cabin includes one of the most heat generating parts of a PC. Motherboard cabin supports ITX motherboard, 2×3.5 drive bays or 120mm liquid radiator/case fan (after remove the drive bays) and low profile CPU air cooler. Graphic cabin supports VGA card up to 320mm, which is connected to motherboard by PCI-E extension cable, behind the GPU, there are three tool-free 2.5 d...



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Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL

Introduction: Phanteks has moved to the top of our list as one of the premium manufacturers. Phanteks has been on the forefront as leader in the manufacturing of thermal solutions like high performance fans and air coolers. Phanteks this past year took the industry by surprise, when the company ventured into computer case manufacturing, by introducing for the very first time their award winning Phanteks Enthoo Primo full tower chassis. A chassis that was specifically designed for the computer enthusiast, and water-cooling aficionado. Today what better way than to start our New Year but to have the pleasure of reviewing the Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL and what looks to be a scaled down and smaller version of the acclaimed Enthoo Primo. The Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL sports many of its distinct features and designs, which includes multiple radiator support, modular HD cages, separate PSU area, and all aluminum look. The Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL is available in a satin black windowed version. Try imagining Primo, as it is anything but Mini, in a scaled down version, at a lower price. Without giving too much away the Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL features support for dual operating systems, and for its small size at 260 mm x 550 mm x 480 mm (W x H x D) 10.2in x 21.7in x 18.9in is anything but mini. In addition, these dimensions looks to be more of a mid-size form factor then a mini. The Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL sports a very spacious clean interior, making it very easy to build both air an...



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ThermalTake Core X2 Chassis Review

The new Core X series of cases looks to build on what was started in the Urban series of chassis, versatility, simplistic outward design and affordability. In this review we will see if Thermaltake continues its positive trend or stumbles as many others have during follow up launches.



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SilverStone Ultra-Quiet 140mm and 120mm PWM Fans Review

Introduction The quest for silence is an ultimate goal among the elite of computer enthusiasts. Some people take this quest to the extreme in having fanless computers, but even the slightest airflow can be inaudible while making a huge difference in temperatures. That’s exactly where SilverStone comes into the picture with their new series of Ultra-Quiet PWM fans. Rather than trying to break airflow records, these tools are designed to operate at a such a low level that you won’t be able to tell if they’re spinning unless you look at them. Before we take a closer look at the fans themselves, let’s take a quick glance at the company of SilverStone.



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Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Chassis Review

Introduction In the last few years, the PC chassis world has grown dramatically. With the large number of case makers jumping into the market, finding the right chassis has proven to be a tough job for some. However, while your options are pretty limitless with so many makers, sometimes it’s just about what options and quality they come with. So with that in mind, today we are going to be looking at a new chassis by reputable maker Phanteks. Phanteks has been known to produce some of today’s top performing air coolers while using some of the most unique and high quality designs. Phanteks joined the chassis market when it first announce the Phanteks Enthoo Primo. Since that case, they have quickly built a solid reputation on quality and attractive designs. Today we are going to bring you another Phanteks case with its own unique twist. Before we dive into the nitty gritty of the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv, let’s talk a little about Phanteks. 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 consists of creative researchers, ...



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Func MS-2 Gaming Mouse Review

The Func MS-2 brings solid features to the mainstream masses, sitting right in the midst of a highly competitive mouse market dominated by several very popular products, backed by industry stalwarts that have ruled the roost for quite some time. That may change, however, as the MS-2 looks to battle the competition with bold claims of better features and advanced ergonomics. Can the Func MS-2 capture our attention and live up to expectations? Let's find out.



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PureOverclock’s Annual Winter Giveaway for 2014 Grand Prize Week!

  Welcome to PureOverclock’s Annual Winter Giveaway for 2014! Week 4 AKA Grand Prize Week!!  12/28-1/2 Drawing on 1-3-15  Please Read Terms and Conditions below before entering. SHIPPING TO US ONLY. INTERNATIONAL ENTRANTS WILL HAVE OPTION OF PRIZE BEING SHIPPED TO US ADDRESS.. The last three weeks have been an absolute blast for us at PureOC. Because of our amazing sponsors we were able to crown 64 lucky people as winners during this holiday season, taking home over 100 individual prizes. This is a bar that will be hard to top in the years to come but with a community such as PureOC I think we can do it. However for now, we have sadly reached the fourth and final week of the Winter Giveaway. This is the Grand Prize Week and boy is it Grand!! Never before have we be able to award such an awesome Grand Prize. One lucky soul will finish up the Holiday season with a brand new Gaming rig sponsored by AMD, ThermalTake and Kingston Technology, a collection of high-end parts and assembled by PureOC. We are not leaving everyone else out in the cold to drool over the gaming rig. We will be award three epic runner up prizes as well from our other sponsors Primochill, Phanteks, Kingston and Gigabyte. These prizes will set you on the path of gaming and custom build glory which we expect to witness in a PureOC build log. Make sure you check out the forum post for details.   We want to thank all of our sponsors for making this possible. Without them we would not have be...



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HyperX Predator DDR4 Memory Review (HX430C15PBK4/16)

Introduction The HyperX name has been part of Kingston Technologies for the last decade, but recently HyperX migrated into its own branding although still part of Kingston’s sub division. While the name or branding may be different, the company’s philosophy and product image hasn’t changed much. Today we have the chance to take a look at the HyperX Predator series DDR4 memory line. DDR4 memory launched with Intel’s recent X99 Chipset featuring lower voltage with higher native frequencies. It features a native speed of 2133MHz, which is really nothing to WOW about as we have seen these speeds with DDR3. However, with its newer JEDEC Culmination and Density, DDR4 memory components now provide better speeds and faster response while being more power efficient at the same time. The HyperX Predator memory we are going to be looking at today not only offers fast speeds of 3000MHz out of the box, but also offers the efficiency of lower voltage; we can see some great potential with additional performance once overclocked. We will be comparing results from Kingston’s (HyperX) previous line up from its DDR3 series to see if these claims line up.   Before we move forward, let’s read a bit about Kingston:   “Founded in 1987 with a single product offering, Kingston Technology now offers more than 2,000 memory products that support nearly every device that uses memory, from computers, servers and printers to MP3 players, digital cameras and ...






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