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Bitfenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED Strips

Introduction OK, let’s lay this right out there before we really get started… Here at Pure Overclock we sometimes like to create mods for our PCs that are not strictly about performance. Yes indeed, on occasion, we also mod our PCs to make them look great, or make them quieter, or to make a statement. Today’s review is about two of these: making your PC look great and making a statement. Today, we’re going to be looking at the newly released Bitfenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED-Strip lighting kits. As part of the BitFenix Premium Modding Series, the Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED Strips are an update of the BitFenix Alchemy LED Strip line. They do have a couple of significant new features, which we’ll get to a bit later in the review. Before we get to the bright glowy things, let’s see who BitFenix is: Focused on combining superior design with the latest advances in technology, BitFenix creates state-of-the-art computer hardware and peripherals that blur the line between man and machine. Users shouldn’t have to adjust themselves to the way their hardware works. So, we strive to put the user in complete control of his hardware, so that it functions as an extension of his will, and not as another variable he has to compensate for. In the heat of battle, the user should not have to worry about the state of his equipment, which is why BitFenix products are engineered to perform under even the most extreme conditions. No matter how taxing the s...



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Corsair adds RGB to Everything and it Looks Great

There’s no denying that I’m a sucker for lighting effects and I believe that RGB lighting is the best thing ever to happen to everything. We just started seeing manufacturers using RGB in motherboards and now Corsair announced a full lineup of RGB accessories at Gamescom. It looks like they’ll have lighting effects that will span across their keyboards, headsets and mice plus, it seems like Corsair and Cherry got together to design a new MX Silent Key switch for the new keyboards. The new keyboard series from Corsair is called the Strafe RGB. It’s essentially the K series of keyboards with RGB lighting and the K70 looks like the perfect keyboard to me. There’s also the K95 and K65 but another great feature is the full key rollover on each model to guarantee 100% anti-ghosting performance. There isn’t much info on the new Cherry MX Silent switches, but I’m sure we’ll be seeing some reviews on those soon enough. Next on the list is the Void RGB series which includes various schemes of Dolby 7.1 capable headsets. These come in a variety of color choices as well as giving the option of being wired or wireless. The Void will also come with a stereo analog variant, but that one doesn’t have the RGB lighting. Finally, the Scimitar RGB gaming mouse was unveiled and there was a really good feature on this one that makes a ton of sense. The mouse has a number pad on the side and while that isn’t anything new, Corsair ...



HighPoint Unveils USB 3.1 Product Line – Fast & Affordable USB 3.1 Connectivity for Mac & PC Platforms!

HighPoint Unveils USB 3.1 Product Line – Fast & Affordable USB 3.1 Connectivity for Mac & PC Platforms! July 2015, Milpitas, CA –For the past 20 years, HighPoint has been a professional RAID Storage and Management solutions provider, constantly striving to bring quality Storage technology to market and deliver the industry’s best Price-Performance value. We are pleased announce the launch of our next generation USB Host to Device storage and connectivity product lines, featuring 10Gb/s transfer speeds. Our latest RocketU PCIe host adapter is the ideal USB 3.1 upgrade solution for any Mac or PC platform with PCIe support. Our performance oriented dual-bay USB 3.1 RocketStor 3100 Series Drive Docks support any industry standard 3.5″/2.5″ SATA hard drive or SSD, including the latest 8TB models, and provide USB 3.1 connectivity via USB Type-B and Type-C ports. Dual-Dedicated USB 3.1 Drive Dock  The RocketStor 3122Bis the industry’s fastest USB 3.1 dual-bay storage dock, and is an ideal high-performance external storage solution for any USB 3.1 capable PC or Mac. The two 2.5”/3.5” drive bays can support disks up to 8TB in size, and are powered by dedicated USB 3.1 controllers and 6Gb/s SATA channels. Simultaneous Access to Both 6Gb/s SATA Drive Bays: The RocketStor 3122B was designed to ensure maximum performance for each SATA SSD or hard drive. Each drive bay is powered by an independent SATA Channel to optimize the throughput of each USB 3.1 p...



ASUSTOR Officially Launches Surveillance Center 2.3

ASUSTOR Officially Launches Surveillance Center 2.3 More detailed permissions management with role-based access control, more automation for a larger variety of tasks, simplified and intuitive on-screen controls, and newly added compatibility for even more camera brands, providing even more options and flexibility for creating the ideal surveillance solution. Taipei, Taiwan, August 3rd, 2015 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced that Surveillance Center has officially upgraded to version 2.3. All ASUSTOR NAS users with surveillance needs are welcome to download and experience this new version firsthand.     “With the growing global demand for IP surveillance solutions, we are very excited to be launching Surveillance Center 2.3 to meet these demands,” said James Su, Product Manager at ASUSTOR. “This new version of Surveillance Center increases system stability and automates more functions than ever before. We are sure it will delight all our users across the world.”   Surveillance Center 2.3 includes even more powerful functions for professional surveillance setups. Highly flexible automated event action rules allow administrators to customize alarm handling rules. When an event occurs, the system can select different measures to handle the situation based on the type of event that occurred or the time the event occurred. Also, a variety of simple on-screen controls provide a smooth and intuiti...



Noctua provides free mounting upgrade for upcoming Intel ‘Skylake’ platform (Z170)

Noctua provides free mounting upgrade for upcoming Intel ‘Skylake’ platform (Z170) Vienna, August 3rd 2015 – Noctua today announced that it will continue its tradition of supplying customers with its premium-class SecuFirm2™ mounting kits for novel platforms free of charge. While most Noctua heatsinks support Skylake’s LGA1151 socket out of the box, older models can be upgraded with the NM-i115x kit at no additional cost. “We’re determined to provide the best possible support to our customers and over the years, we’ve sent many thousands of mounting kits free of charge to users who wanted to upgrade to new platforms”, says Mag. Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “With Skylake just around the corner, we’re pleased to announce that we’ll extend this offer for LGA1151. Owners of older Noctua retail heatsinks that don’t support LGA1151 out of the box will be able to upgrade to the new socket free of charge!” Due to the spacing of the mounting holes being identical on LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155 and LGA1156, Noctua’s previous SecuFirm2™ mounting systems for LGA115x also support Intel’s upcoming ‘Skylake’ platform. All current Noctua coolers already include SecuFirm2™ mounting systems for LGA115x and can thus be used on LGA1150 mainboards without any upgrades or modifications. Users of older Noctua retail models that don’t include a SecuFirm2™ mounting system for LGA115x ca...



THE MIONIX CASTOR – FIVE FINGERS, THREE GRIP STYLES, ONE MOUSE

THE MIONIX CASTOR – FIVE FINGERS, THREE GRIP STYLES, ONE MOUSE For the first time, a mouse caters all grip styles alike. Named for one of the brightest stars in the night sky, this 6-button, multi-color optical gaming mouse is crafted especially for right-handed gamers with dedicated ring and pinkie finger grooves and enhanced rubber grip. With its unique shape and the outstanding technical performance it is setting a new standard in ergonomic comfort and gaming performance. The Castor truly is a fine piece of craftsmanship. Pre-order now by hitting the button below and secure yourself one of the first units worldwide – we are shipping in September! Pre-order now



COUGAR Makes Pro Gaming Affordable with 230M and 250M

COUGAR Makes Pro Gaming Affordable with 230M and 250M July 24th, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – COUGAR announces today the arrival of a revolutionary pair of gaming mice to the market: 230M and 250M. These mice’s significance comes not only from their specs or appearance, but also from the idea behind them: putting pro level gaming mice within everybody’s grasp The new 230M and 250M offer a solution to every gamer, including both right and left handed users: Their ambidextrous design is highly comfortable for everybody. While their appearance and objective is similar, there are differences between both: 230M has been designed for purists who care mostly about the mouse’s quality and accuracy, while 250M adds to that a broad functionality. Both products share many features essential for gaming. Both have a 1000 Hz polling rate, which guarantees extremely low (1ms) response time, and their components are all of the highest quality, as shown for example in their OMRON Switches and gaming grade scroll wheel. Apart from that, they both sport extremely high quality sensors (3200 DPI for 230M, 4000 DPI for 250M) that allow the user to adjust the DPI levels on the fly (4 fixed levels for 230M, configurable DPI levels for 250M). 230M caters to purists who do not require any extra functionality apart from the essential DPI adjustment option. They care only about having an accurate and reliable sensor, the minimum response time and a good ergonomic design, and with 23...



Addonics Announces Rack-Mount SATA to USB 3.1 Converter

Addonics Announces Rack-Mount SATA to USB 3.1 Converter SAN JOSE, CA (July 23, 2015) — Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) today announced a rack-mount SATA to USB 3.1 Converter, which allows users to turn any SATA device into the latest SuperSpeed+ USB 3.1 storage solution. When connected to a USB 3.1 port, the converter can deliver data throughput up to 10 Gbps. This effectively doubles the speed of USB 3.0 and is 20 times faster than USB 2.0. Since it is backward compatible with previous USB standards, any SATA hard drive, SSD (Solid State Drive), and even optical drives can easily be converted into USB 3.1 storage. It comes mounted on a SCIS-I bracket, which means it can easily be mounted onto any storage enclosure with a standard SCSI-1 (Centronic 50) cut out. It can be mounted on a standard desktop computer chassis by using an optional PCI mounting bracket. The converter comes in a choice of models. There’s also a model with a WRITE-PROTECT function that is ideal for sharing drives containing important data among different users or for forensic application. Drives connecting to this bridge appear as READ-ONLY media, similar to a CD or DVD disc. All features are identical as the standard version except the WRITE function is disabled. This unique feature ensures absolute protection on any hard drive or SSD against virus contamination or data tampering. The new products are an ideal companion to the Addonics USB 3.1 PCIe controller, which the company announ...



ADATA Launches the UV140 USB 3.0 Flash Drive

ADATA Launches the UV140 USB 3.0 Flash Drive Featuring a Compact Clip for Handy Storage July 21, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launched the UV140 USB 3.0 USB Flash Drive. It features a unique tail wing-shaped bookmark clip and a capless, light, and compact design. Users save time on data transfers with the USB 3.0 high speed interface, while enjoying convenience, efficiency, and ease when using the drive on the go. The UV140 helps users embrace a more successful lifestyle. Unique, Compact, and Convenient Designed with a bookmark clip at its tip, the UV140 can be clipped onto folders, books or lanyards whenever necessary, making it portable and convenient to use. A capless design frees users from worrying about losing a cap. The UV140 comes with a strap mount at its tip, so buyers can get creative matching it with a strap that best suits their personal style. The matte texture material on the UV140 is scratch, smudge, and fingerprint-resistant, so it can be used worry-free in any setting or environment. USB 3.0 Speed and Efficiency The UV140 uses the USB 3.0 high speed specification which greatly enhances transfer speeds and reduces waiting times when transferring large media files and documents to boost productivity. The UV140 is available in Calming Blue and Passionate Red, and comes in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions for different aesthetic preferences and capacity needs. ...



COUGAR Releases 550M Gaming Mouse

COUGAR Announces New Flagship Gaming Mouse, COUGAR 550M July 16th, 2015 – Taipei, Taiwan – COUGAR is proud to announce today the launch of its new flagship gaming mouse, COUGAR 550M. This device is the result of years of continuous work with a single objective: creating the most perfect gaming mouse the world has ever seen. This mouse’s claim to hegemony rests on three pillars: First, its ergonomic design, created in collaboration with several international gaming teams. This unique shape allows the user to sustain high levels of performance during long gaming sessions with the minimum amount of fatigue. Second, its high end SDNS-3988 Optical Gaming Sensor provides users with 6400 DPI precision, while its 1000 Hz Polling Rate bring the fast response they need for gaming. Third, it includes all the functionality gamers want (DPI and Polling Rate control, button function customization, etc.) and allows users to manage it easily through COUGAR UIX. COUGAR 550M stays away both from gimmicks and from other mice that hide their lack of basic functionality under claims of “purity” or “no-nonsense design”. COUGAR 550M brings you everything a pro gamer needs. Precision and speed adjustments, independent control for the 2 RGB backlight areas, up to 21 functions with 3 full configuration profiles stored on board… COUGAR hasn’t left anything out. For those who want to enjoy this design and want a quality option at a lower price, COUGAR...



CableMod Launches CM-Series Kits

CableMod Launches CM-Series Kits Premium Cables Designed for Cooler Master V Series PSUs (July 16, 2015) – Since the launch of CableMod cables, users have been urging us to introduce new cable kits compatible with more power supplies. One of the most often requested brands is Cooler Master®, and today, CableMod is proud to launch CM-Series Premium Cable Kits designed for Cooler Master V Series PSUs. Made from premium materials and available in a wide variety of luscious colors, CableMod CM-Series Premium Cable Kits add the perfect finishing touch to any V Series build. Traditional cable extensions complicate cable management by adding additional length to each cable. Instead, CableMod cables are complete power supply cable replacements, which means less cable clutter and a uniform look across the entire cable length. Our exclusive ModFlex™ sleeving lends excellent flexibility for easy cable management, and a wide assortment of colors and color combinations means there’s a CableMod Cable Kit that’s perfect for your build. CableMod CM-Series Premium Cable Kits will launch with the following colors: Here is a list of the PSUs and models that currently work with CableMod Cable Kits: For a complete list of compatible models, check out our compatibility list: http://www.cablemod.com/compatibility Which power supply should we develop cables for next? Let us know on our CableMod Facebook Page (http://fb.cablemod.com/) and check out our official homepage (http://www.cablem...



Bitfenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED Strips

  Intro: Alchemy 2.0 LED strips now make it easier than ever to illuminate your system thanks to powerful magnets embedded directly into the LED strip substrate – It only takes a minute to open your case, connect the alchemy strip to your PSU and attach it to your case! Whether you want to simply illuminate your components with natural looking white light or give your system a cool color theme with either red, blue, green or purple alchemy strips, or illuminate the bottom of your case to give it a cool bottom glow, theres no faster and easier way to make your system look like a lean mean gaming machine. Alchemy 2.0 magnetic LED strips are based on the same TriBright 5050 SMD LED modules used in our original alchemy LED strip lineup, but feature a number of improvements: • based on popular demand we fine tuned the wave-length of the green LED strips to match the NEON yellow-green on High-End VGAs • based on popular demand we added PURPLE as an all new color option • For the easiest cable routing the 4pin component power cable features a pass through connector and is daisy-chainable, the LED strips themselves are daisy-chainable and we increased the length of the power cable to a generous 50cm • On top of this, we embedded a small powerful magnet in the power plug itself so it doesnt pull down the LED strip, making cable management easier than ever. for more information visit http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/premium-modding/alchemy2-magnetic-led-...



Super Talent Updates its SATA Slim Flask Disk Modules

Super Talent Updates its SATA Slim Flask Disk Modules The SATA Slim SJ2 is Super Talent’s latest flash solution for embedded systems San Jose, California – July 14, 2015 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of NAND Flash storage solutions, announces its SATA Slim SJ2. Super Talent’s SATA Slim flash disk modules are used extensively in industrial and embedded computing applications. These low power high performance SSDs are utilized in solutions such as: medical instruments, point–of–sale terminals, laptops, and surveillance set–ups every day. The SATA Slim is a great choice when physical space is a limiting factor for a host system. Capacity Part Number 16GB FML016MURM 32GB FML032MURM 64GB FML064MURM 128GB FML128MURM The SATA Slim SJ2 can be built with industrial parts that withstand extreme temperature ranges for applications in much harsher environments. Transfer speeds on the SATA Slim SJ2 can reach up to 480 MB/s reads and 400 MB/s writes which uses the SATA–III interface. Additional information on Super Talent’s SATA Slim SJ2 can be found here. About Super Talent Technology Super Talent Technology Corporation based in San Jose, California, designs and manufactures flash based SSD and USB storage devices for computers and consumer electronics. An ISO 9001 certified company, Super Talent utilizes its state-of-the-art factories and leading-edge components to produce award winning products with outstanding reliability. Super Tal...



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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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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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