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Gamdias Hermes P2 Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction There’s something new in hardware news everyday. Big name companies with new minor upgrades saying how “revolutionary” their change is sounds pretty normal anymore. I’m looking at you, speed switches. Recently I discovered something that hasn’t seemed to reach the more popular news venues: keyboard optical switches. Have you heard of those? Gamdias has them. Have you heard of them? Maybe not, but I couldn’t resist looking at a product that comes from a newer company that also uses a newer technology. We’ll find out soon how optical switches measure up, but first a look at the core philosophy behind Gamdias. GAMDIAS emphasizes on the fundamentals, complemented with creativity and service. GAMDIAS Technology was founded in 2012, with team of over 100 led by R.K. HAN, successfully creating the gaming brand known as GAMDIAS. Not only do we aim to set the bar for quality and practically, but also to go above and beyond in our designs. Further supplementing our motto: Gaming Art in Motion, we will continue to invest heavily on designs, transcending GAMDIAS products to an artistic pantheon. By the way, every name has a story and Gamdias has a particularly interesting one. GAM stands for Gaming Art in Motion. Dias is the Latin word for God. Gamdias is claiming to be the God of Gaming. That’s a pretty huge claim!

Asrock X370 Taichi Motherboard Review

Introduction Asrock isn’t always considered a serious contender among motherboard manufacturers by many users, and that’s a real shame. Even if the company has humble beginnings, they have some great options for motherboards as of late. That said, Ryzen gave every manufacturer a big challenge to work with and just because Asrock has done great with previous designs, it doesn’t mean the X370 Taichi is going to instantly follow suit. We’ll need to take a closer look to see how the Taichi measures up. There’s another important factor that I wanted to address in this review. As stated previously, Ryzen was a difficult release for motherboard manufacturers to prepare for. As someone who prizes a smooth user experience over everything, X370 has given me some interesting issues with certain boards. The Asus Crosshair VI Hero has some quirky issues that never resolved after several BIOS updates and while the Aorus GA AX370 Gaming 5 became a pretty stable platform, I did have one huge scare that involved my entire system refusing to turn on after finishing a stress test run. These ended up being minor issues after figuring them out (or living with them), but I’m hoping the X370 Taichi can give me a great user experience that translates to smooth, daily use. Let’s continue with a word from the manufacturer, then begin looking at the board itself. ASRock Inc. is established in 2002, specialized in the field of motherboards. ASRock strives to ...

Noctua Chromax Show Off – Fans, Extensions, Heat Sink Covers & More

Noctua are looking to break into another market and to add some spice to their current products... can they do it with their Chromax series of accessories? Let's find out!

Crucial MX500 SSD Review

Introduction One of these drives is the greatest deal in hard drives. The other is a Crucial MX300. If that didn’t clue you in, spoilers ahead. We’re reviewing the Crucial MX500 and we have improvements abound. About Crucial: Memory and storage are crucial – your system won’t work without them. Every time you press your system’s power button, load apps, save documents, stream content or virtualize databases, you’re using memory or storage. As a brand of Micron, one of the largest memory manufacturers in the world, we bring you the quality and expertise that’s been built into new computers for 35-plus years. You’ll notice the difference.  

Patriot Viper LED DDR4 3000 MHz Memory Review

Introduction We are in the future and DDR4 is standardized, largely in part to AMD getting caught up to it with X370. More importantly, LED RAM is widely available with RGB options a plenty. Naturally, someone might wonder what will this RAM kit from Patriot Viper to stick out? Let’s find out! Also, in case you don’t know who Patriot/Viper is: Patriot started in 1985 in the San Francisco Bay Area. We dedicate ourselves to being the brand of choice for the tech industry with a high commitment to quality and outstanding customer service. Patriot Memory designs, manufactures and markets high performance memory modules, flash memory, mobile accessories and gaming equipment.  

The Pure Overclock Hardware Review Awards System

It’s time to lay down the official meaning behind the awards at PureOC. Even though every reviewer will have their own subjective opinion on how components measure up, there should be a general guideline of what we expect when an award is given. Not only should reviewers understand the guidelines, but readers should also have the information at their disposal so they can appreciate the value of an award. So without further ado, let’s get into the general concepts behind the individual awards at PureOC! Every product can fit into 3 main categories that we judge: Quality – A component should be made from quality materials that reflects the budget the part is targeting. We wouldn’t dock a $50 case for using some plastic, but a $200 case might be a different story. Also, the aesthetic appeal should reflect a strong effort from the company. Sure, some companies lean toward professional looks while others like the gaming flare, but in any case the appearance should have an appeal that appropriately targets the intended consumer. Performance – This is a bit of a no-brainer, but a product should have an appropriate performance level. This doesn’t mean we expect every product to have the highest performance either. Top performance is always welcomed, but competitive performance is acceptable if a product has appropriate levels in the other categories. We wouldn’t be true to our name if we didn’t consider overclocking when it applies a...

Aigo Icy K4 RGB CPU Cooler Review

Introduction Aigo is most well known as the company I knew nothing about. While Asian consumer electronics companies are a little known passion of mine, I had my eye out for a particular aesthetic niche to fulfill. You know the one I’m talking about: RGB! I don’t have a lot of information about Aigo, so but I do know my lights. What’s interesting is how hard it is to find the CPU cooler that does it all. Some have RGB on the tower, but lacks lighting on the fan. Some have great RGB effects on the fan, but opt for the plain copper and aluminum finish tower. Aigo may be a name that none of us have heard, maybe even a bit too much of an off brand, yet they may be the only one who took RGB to the next level on CPU coolers. We’ll get into the review shortly, but you can also check out the video review below if video is your kind of thing.

Raijintek Thetis and Asterion Plus Chassis Review

Introduction How does a company stand out in the PC component market today? The simple fact is there is a ton of products to choose from and it’s getting harder to come up with a unique design that can blow the minds of consumers. Cases are finding an increasingly difficult path to take, but Raijintek hasn’t been afraid to offer a decent number of new chassis designs to challenge contenders. They seem to know how to make something unique in their own way, yet keep the designs familiar to what builders are already accustomed to. We’ll look at two cases today, the Asterion Plus and the Thetis Window, to see how their designs are coming along. First though, let’s take a quick look at info regarding the company values.

Too Many Chipsets? The Differences Between Motherboards

Have you ever tried to figure out the minuscule differences in motherboard chipsets and had a really hard time finding the information you wanted? I believed that when I started this endeavor, I’d be pulling a few articles up, grabbing the info I wanted, and putting it together in my own chart, easy-peasy. Turned out that several hours later, I was still only about 85% certain I had gathered all the correct information. Still, I’ve put all my efforts into a video to share with you below. Not only do we take a look at the various features built in to AMD and Intel chipsets, but we also determine if there’s a good reason to have as many releases as there are. Check out the video below to see charts and explanations of all the info I found. Also, if you just want to see the charts, you can go directly to these timestamps to see some direct comparisons. ~2:05 for category explanations, ~3:03 for AMD chipsets, ~6:25 for Intel Professional chipsets, ~7:45 for Intel Enthusiast chipsets, ~10:00 for full comparison For a quick view of the main chipset differences, here’s the chart below. Click on the image to see the larger size. Also, if you want to check out the article on WCCF that explains a Z170 board modified to work with a Coffee Lake CPU, check out the link below. https://wccftech.com/intel-coffee-lake-100-series-motherboard-support/

A Noctua Fan Overview – 40mm to 200mm Varieties!

Noctua fans are known for their proven performance and reliability, as well as excellent acoustics and unique color scheme. Are they worth your buck? Find out what we think!

E-Win Champion Series Gaming Chair Review

Introduction I’m a firm believer now that everyone who uses a computer heavily needs to own a good gaming chair for their station. It’s not because gaming chairs are cool, even if they kind of are, but mainly because they all seem to be built with heavy emphasis on ergonomics as well. There’s been little that has affected my lower back issues nearly as much as what having quality seating has done. Unfortunately, there has been numerous competitors cropping up in the market and a buyer can have a really hard time finding the right chair for the right price. At some point, you have to wonder if spending close to $1000 would be worth it, but most of us would be extremely skeptical of that. E-Win has been making some heavy pushes to break into the market and we’re going to look at one of the Champion series chairs to find out how well they do. Let’s take a quick look at the values of the company, then we can dive into the rest of the review. EwinRacing chair was newly founded in 2016 after being a leader OEM office chair manufacturer. With the development in design and research, we strive for a professionalization in gaming chair field. Ever more, in order to bring you a healthier working and relaxing environment, we will continuously pursue humanism in design and manufacturing ergonomic gaming chairs. What’s more our strict quality inspection process and standard ensures you a better chair for better life. https://www.ewinracing.com

E-Win Champion Gaming Chair Office Review

The value of a gaming chair is extremely straight forward. Allow the gamer to sit as comfortably as possible so one can game longer. That said, the descriptor of “gaming” really limits the scope of what these chairs can be used for. The simple fact is most gaming chairs are really ergonomic chairs, but the term gaming mostly applies to the aesthetic over anything else. Also, genuine ergonomic office chairs can be very expensive so thinking of adding a gaming chair to your work space is a brilliant and cost efficient idea. Check out the video below to not only see this idea in action, but to also see that E-Win is a great contender in this market as well! http://www.ewinracing.com https://www.ewinracing.com/champion-series/30-e-win-champion-series-ergonomic-computer-gaming-office-chair-with-pillows-bbf.html?utm_source=EDM&utm_medium=CPCP&utm_campaign=CP-BB3F&utm_content=XMAS If you want an additional 15% off, use promo code “PureOC” at checkout.

Patriot Viper V570 Blackout RGB Gaming Mouse and Pad Review

Introduction It’s only a matter of time before mice evolve into sentience and begin taking over the world. I’m not talking about the rodents! There are just SO many gaming mice out there, that I’m fairly confident they’ll bring on the robot apocalypse. That said, with all of the RGB LED effects added to everything today, at least humanity will die to a brilliant rainbow of style. Also, Patriot is adding to the foray with a new gaming mouse and mouse pad under their Viper branding. I got to say, the V570 Blackout looks pretty cool, but let’s see if Patriot’s vision has any mention of AI overlords or not. (I’m guessing they won’t) Our Vision Patriot started in 1985 in the San Francisco Bay Area. We dedicate ourselves to being the brand of choice for the tech industry with a high commitment to quality and outstanding customer service. Patriot Memory designs, manufactures and markets high performance memory modules, flash memory, mobile accessories and gaming equipment. Our Products Here at Patriot, we pride ourselves in developing new and innovative products that offer a sleek, modern and functional design. Along with high quality and innovative designs, our products come backed with our industry leading warranty and top of the line customer support. We ensure that every product meets or exceeds our high level of standards. For memory, that process begins with using high-quality components and ends with rigorous functional test...

Rosewill Neon K85 RGB Mechanical Keyboard Review

Introduction Many a tech website will say, “once you go mechanical, you never go…back-chanical,” or something similar to that. Don’t quote me. There is, however, something to be said about moving up from brittle hinges on chicklet keys to metal parts that hold up to 50 million clicks. Rosewill, ever on the quest for best quality for the lowest price, has attempted the top tier mechanical keyboard feature: fully programmable RGB. Have they succeeded or gone the lackluster way of many budget RGB Mechanical keyboards before it? Time to take it out of the box. In case you know nothing about Rosewill: 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 products among its three product categories. Through innovation and fl...

Enermax MaxTytan 800W, RevoBron 700W Power Supply Review

Introduction Power Supplies are one of the most critical components in computer systems, which is why it’s so sad that they’re also one of the most easily overlooked components. Stable and clean power should be a top priority for any high end system, yet builders and companies alike tend to skimp on this critical element of PC building. Needless to say here at PureOC, we highly recommend finding a good quality PSU unit for your rig. However, performance isn’t the only thing that’s skimped on in this segment. Aesthetics have also been woefully overlooked in power supplies as well. Sure, we have fancy RGB fans on certain units, but when most cases have bottom mounted designs, it kind of defeats the purpose of making the PSU fan look shiny. In fact, the number one thing you’ll see from a PSU in most builds today is the cable connections on the motherboard and graphics cards. If that’s the case, making nicer connection cables would seem like a pretty important feature to have in modern PSUs. Enermax seems to be thinking in these directions so let’s begin looking at the units once we’ve taken a quick look at the company themselves. Lepatek Corporation an ENERMAX Company is an exclusive authorized supplier for ENERMAX and LEPA brand products for both North America and South America. Lepatek Corporation strives to provide only high quality products within the Computer Hardware & Components and Consumer Electronics market. Both m...

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