Pureoverclock: PC Hardware reviews and news for overclockers!

 
 
 
 
 

Peripherals

COUGAR releases the 300M Gaming Mouse

COUGAR™ shakes the Gaming Mouse Market with 300M March 24, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – COUGAR, leading brand in the gaming hardware market, announces today the arrival of a new gaming mouse that targets the mainstream pro-level gamer. With a 4000 DPI sensor, 7 programmable buttons and a 1000Hz polling rate, COUGAR 300M Gaming Mouse offers everything a gamer might ask for. Its support for UIX, the unrivaled leader in gaming device management, sets it a further step above competitors and allows the user to unleash its full potential. The COUGAR 300M has the successful ADNS-3090 Optical Sensor as its beating heart. With its 4000 DPI, it can provide gamers with the precision required for playing any kind of games. On top of this, the 1000 Hz polling rate and 1ms response time guarantee instant reaction, thus avoiding defeat by mouse lag situations. This precision and this quality are further enhanced by the OMRON switches used for its main buttons, which guarantee a minimum life of 5 million clicks, and the braided cable that protects the mouse-computer link. Apart from excelling in quality, the 300M does not lag behind in functionality. With 7 fully programmable buttons and on-board memory for up to 3 complete configuration profiles, a maximum of 24 functions can be accessed directly from the mouse. But this all gets to a new level thanks to UIX, which allows all this functionality to be easily and intuitively managed through a single app. The DPI LEDs included on the mous...



cougar_200k_12

Cougar 200K Scissor Gaming Keyboard

Today we're looking at the Cougar 200K Illuminated gaming keyboard, an affordable board that sports rather smart styling and a couple of interesting features, such as lighting effects and anti-ghosting technology. We often see such features on expensive keyboards, but Cougar looks to be targeting gamers who are on a tight budget yet still want something capable. Let's get to it and take a closer look at the Cougar 200K Scissor keyboard.



Vardar vs. Gentle Typhoon. Is it a copy? Absolutely not!

True story of Vardar Over the last few weeks there was a lot of wind around (and through) our new Vardar fans. There were many comments made that Vardar series are just a copy of the Gentle Typhoon fans. Do they look similar? Maybe. Are they a copy? Absolutely not! We had a dream, for years, to design our own fans from the ground up optimized for liquid cooling without any compromises in performance and noise levels. Vardar fans are a result of a long and rigorous in-house development process. Members of our team had a background in industrial fan design with over 10 years of experience and that needed to be utilized. Unlike chassis fans which are built to provide high air flow, a good radiator cooling fan must generate high static pressure as well while generating least amount of audible noise. This is also the reason why Vardar ended up with the square shape – it ensures optimal performance in either pull- (suction) or push (pressure) regime without hydraulic losses. The fan itself is powered by a high quality industrial motor with double ball bearing which has actively cooled motor windings to allow better air flow and long lasting performance. We felt the need to upgrade the fan with dominantly popular PWM functionality, which stands for pulse width modulation, where the pulse is turning DC voltage on and off very fast. This allows active regulation of speed from your motherboard and better power efficiency. Gentle Typhoon was the market benchmark that we set to...



Capture2

Tesoro Announces the Lobera Spectrum Per-Key RGB Backlit Mechanical Keyboard in North America

Tesoro Announces the Lobera Spectrum Per-Key RGB Backlit Mechanical Keyboard in North America Full Spectrum, Full Customization, Full Features March 17, 2015, Milpitas CA, USA – Tesoro Technology USA Inc., announces the Lobera Spectrum mechanical keyboard, featuring RGB per-key illumination, 9 LED effect modes, instant recording capabilities for every key and USB pass-through. Full Spectrum, Full Customization The Lobera Spectrum allows gamers to individually customize virtually any color, to any key. With 9 different LED effects, such as dimming, full zone, trigger, ripple, firework, radiation, rainbow wave, and per key customized mode as well as 5 levels of brightness and 5 distinct profiles to store them. There are endless combinations for a truly unique configuration. Audio Mode When Audio Mode is activated, the LEDs of each individual key dance to the beats and bass of your favorite tunes. Switchable N-Key Rollover / USB 6 Key Rollover Allowing gamers to switch between N-Key Rollover (NKRO) and USB 6 Key Rollover, the Lobera Spectrum is immune to ghosting or jamming issues. A fast 1000Hz polling rate helps makes sure no keystroke is missed, and with instant game mode switching, users don’t have to worry about accidental key presses taking them away from the heat of battle. USB and Audio Jack Pass-Through The Lobera Spectrum comes with a pass-through hub with audio/mic jacks and 2x USB 2.0 ports with a DC-in jack allowing gamers to charge their smart phones and tab...



noctua_nh_l9x65_nf_a6x25_pwm_launch

Noctua launches NH-L9x65 low-profile CPU cooler and NF-A6x25 PWM fan

Noctua launches NH-L9x65 low-profile CPU cooler and NF-A6x25 PWM fan Vienna, March 11th 2015 – Continuing its recent focus on premium grade cooling components for compact systems such as ITX based gaming or Home Theater PCs, Noctua today released its new NH-L9x65 low-profile cooler and a 4-pin PWM version of its popular NF-A6x25 60mm fan. While the latter adds PWM support for automatic speed control to the proven NF-A6x25 design, the NH-L9x65 is a taller, performance-enhanced version of Noctua’s award-winning NH-L9 low-profile coolers. “Our NH-L9 coolers have become a default choice for customers seeking premium grade quiet coolers in the sub-40mm class, but with a height of only 37mm, their performance is inevitably limited”, explains Mag. Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO), “The new NH-L9x65 provides the increased performance necessary to cool high end CPUs quietly while still offering excellent case and component compatibility.” Due to its compact heatsink and the renowned 14mm thin NF-A9x14 PWM fan, the NH-L9x65 stands only 65mm tall (the same height as low-profile expansion cards), which makes it ideal for use in compact HTPCs or Small Form Factor cases that offer limited clearance for CPU coolers. With 65 instead of 37mm height and four instead of two heatpipes, the NH-L9x65 is more powerful than its smaller siblings yet retains their 95x95mm footprint, which guarantees 100% RAM and PCIe compatibility on Intel based ITX mainboards and make...



SP/ Silicon Power Releases the Sportscar-like USB 3.0 Flash Drive—Blaze B50

SP/ Silicon Power Releases the Sportscar-like USB 3.0 Flash Drive—Blaze B50 Taipei, Taiwan – March 9th, 2015 –SP/ Silicon Power, the world’s leading provider of memory storage solutions, today releases the specially-designed USB 3.0 flash drive—Blaze B50. Inspired by muscular curving and dynamic spirit of sports cars, the Blaze B50 is tailored to delivering the streamlined and breathtaking look with powerfully-sculpted lines and delicate carbon fiber surface treatment. Consideration to every detail is echoed in the exterior design that represents a sense of movement and appears to be a great attraction for sports car enthusiasts. Not just a characteristic styling choice for fashion-conscious users, the Blaze B50 also appears to be the top gear by offering comprehensive capacity solutions up to 256GB and utilizing the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface. Emphasizing the power of remarkable performances and superb designs, the Blaze B50 lines up as the very best in its segment. Give in to the euphoria in every curve and angle Encouraged by the dynamic concept of sports cars, the Blaze B50 USB flash drive is designed to be an artistic production with flowing lines and exquisite surface treatment that altogether create a sensuous character and an aggressive expression of style. To thoroughly accentuate the sense of speed and sportiness, the Blaze B50 applies the special surface treatment with carbon fiber pattern that lends the drive an exceptionally energetic gesture. No ...



G.SKILL Announces 2nd Annual “OC World Cup 2015” Overclocking Competition

G.SKILL Announces 2nd Annual “OC World Cup 2015” Overclocking Competition $16,200 Total Cash Prize; $10K for the Champion Taipei, Taiwan (4 March 2015) – G.SKILL International Enterprises Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and solid state storage, proudly announces the 2nd annual “OC World Cup 2015” overclocking competition! This year, as a contribution to the overclocking community and to dedicated extreme overclockers worldwide, G.SKILL is raising the total cash prize to a staggering $16,200 USD! Following the tradition of the event, the Champion of the OC World Cup 2015 will receive a cash prize of $10,000 USD. The OC World Cup 2015 is split into three rounds: Online Qualifier, Live Qualifier, and Grand Final. Live Qualifier and Grand Final will be held live at the G.SKILL booth during Computex 2015. Online Qualifiers, the first round of the competition, will be held on HWBOT (http://hwbot.org) from 9th March to 13th April 2015, featuring 3 benchmarks: SuperPI 32M, MaxxMem Read Bandwidth, and 3DMark Fire Strike Physics on specified hardware. These selected benchmarks and specified hardware are chosen to challenge the memory tuning skills of contest participants. The top 6 Online Qualifier contestants will be eligible to enter the OC World Cup 2015 Live Qualifiers at Computex 2015 for a chance to claim part of the $16,200 USD cash prize pool. In the Grand Final, the top 2 Live Qualifier contestants will battle head to he...



IMG_3142

NZXT DOKO Review

Introduction During CES 2015 this year, NZXT show-cased the DOKO PC Anywhere device. Now this is a product we are not used to seeing from NZXT. They are primarily known for their PC chassis, cooling and accessories line up. But from what we saw during the CES show, we were quite impressed with what this new product offers. One thing that came up in our conversation was why is this portable PC named DOKO? As NZXT explained to us… the word DOKO comes from the Japanese dictionary and means “Where.” So DOKO or “Where” is a device that let’s you take your PC Anywhere in your home or office. In our minds, the first thought was, it’s like the software PC Anywhere…. The NZXT DOKO pretty much does just that, but in a more simplified and easy form factor. Today, we are going to break down the DOKO device and walk with you step by step on how easy it is to use. We will also cover what its capabilities are, including its its limitations and compatibility. Before we do here’s a word from NZXT. Our People React, adapt and be fearless – we’re a group of young people who aspire to be better tomorrow than we are today. We are driven by the yearning to explore, create, change, and push boundaries. Our culture revolves around having a passion to walk off the well-beaten path, and turn away from the status quo. Our Company Avant-garde and unconventional – NZXT as created because we aspire to make a positive difference for people. ...



Tesoro Announces the Excalibur Spectrum Mechanical Keyboard: Key-by-Key Customizable Backlighting in North America

Tesoro Announces the Excalibur Spectrum Mechanical Keyboard: Key-by-Key Customizable Backlighting in North America Game in Your Own Spectrum of Colors March 3, 2015, Milpitas CA, USA – Tesoro Technology USA Inc., announces the Excalibur Spectrum mechanical keyboard, featuring individual key-specific customizability in 16.8 million colors. Full Spectrum, Full Customization The Excalibur Spectrum allows gamers to individually customize virtually any color, to any key. With 8 different LED effects, such as dimming, full zone, trigger, ripple, firework, radiation, rainbow wave, and per key customized mode as well as 5 levels of brightness and 5 distinct profiles to store them, there are endless combinations for a truly unique configuration. Switchable N-Key Rollover / USB 6 Key Rollove rAllowing gamers to switch between N-Key Rollover (NKRO) and USB 6 Key Rollover, the Excalibur Spectrum has no ghosting or jamming issues to speak of, it polls keystrokes at a fast 1000Hz to ensure precision. With a quick set of hotkeys, gamers can jump between PC and Gaming modes to prevent any compromising accidental key strokes, and stay competitive. Instant Recording / 512kb Built-in Storage Gamers are able to instantly program macros on the Excalibur Spectrum with the help of newly designed software. Built-in storage gives players the freedom to carry their preferences with them, even on different computers, preventing any tedious reprogramming. Built to Last, Designed for Play The Excali...



ADATA Launches OTG microReader

 ADATA Launches OTG microReader A Smarter Way to Share Taipei, Taiwan – March 3, 2015 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today launches the OTG microReader, which combines microUSB and standard USB connectors to share files among different devices such as mobile phones, tablets and PCs, making it an extremely convenient tool for sharing and backing up data in your mobile life.  Use It Simply By Sliding Thanks to its OTG (On-The-Go) design, the microUSB interface connects directly to mobile devices running Android 4.0 or higher without the need for a cable or an adaptor; and its standard USB 2.0 head connects to any desktop or laptop computer’s USB port. If you want to switch the connectors, just press and slide out the desired connector. The OTG microReader supports all microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC cards. Simply insert the card into the base of the standard USB connector, connect to your device and access to the data directly. To eject the card, just slide another button on the back and remove the card.   Compact, Easy-to-Carry  With its slim profile, the OTG microReader won’t interfere with other USB devices you are using your PC. Thanks to its capless design and strap hole, the OTG microReader is easy to carry without worrying about losing an end cap. There are two configuration options to choose from – the OTG microReader and the OTG microReader with a microSDHC or ...



4-1

Cougar 700K Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – Review

Introduction     A few months ago we were invited to review a new gaming mouse from the folks at Cougar: the 700M. The 700m was adjustable, customizable and a pleasure to use. One of the 700m’s advertised features was the ability to interact with other Cougar devices using something called Fusion. This got our attention pretty quickly because what gamer does not want all of his/her peripherals on the same page? It was also somewhat shocking to see Cougar jump headlong into this already saturated market space; however, they have done well by offering competitive products that cover each market segment. The 600M & 600k are a step down from the 700 series products, but they still offer top of the line features; the 500M & 500k offer mid range pricing, and more recently, the 200K and 200M cover the entry level. At the end of the 700M review we mentioned we would be covering the 700k Mechanical keyboard so we could experiment with Fusion. The 700K is the flagship of Cougar’s recently released gaming oriented peripherals. In this review will be focusing on the 700k mechanical keyboard to find out if it is as good as advertised. Brand philosophy Passion X Innovation With utmost passion COUGAR is keen to provide most innovative solutions that 100% meet customer needs. Thinking differently and adopting new trends while constantly focusing on functionality and user-oriented product improvements, that is our foremost corporate culture. COUGAR is always s...



Still keeping it cool at Fractal Design!

Venturi Series of fans are launched! Venturi Series Fans The Venturi Series of fans delivers high quality design and construction bringing forth a leading performance fan series with built-in rubber vibration dampening corners coupled with top quality electronics and materials. Venturi fans are ideal for high pressure or high airflow usage scenarios featuring detailed engineered elements that contribute to a low-noise yet a maximum performing solid fan. Venturi High Flow Series Fans The Venturi High Flow Series fans, HF-12 and HF-14, are optimized for low-restriction airflow environments, making them an excellent choice for computer case fans, or other low-restriction usage scenarios. Designed with a variety of performance-increasing and noise-reducing features, these fans can move an amazing amount of air compared to other fans at the same, minimal noise level. The HF-14 comes with two sets of solid vibration-dampening rubber corners: one for standard 140mm fan hole spacing (125mm) and one compatible with the standard 120mm hole spacing (105mm). The Venturi High Flow Series fans are ideal for those looking for a perfect balance between high performance and low noise built from sturdy, high quality materials. Venturi High Flow Key Features Featuring true FDB-bearings, providing silent operation coupled with a long lifespan Equipped with a counter-balancing magnet in the hub that reduces the axial tension on the bearing, further protecting the longevity of the bearing Dense...



Space to think: the new 34-inch Philips QHD display

Space to think: the new 34-inch Philips QHD display • 34-inch UltraWide display delivers panoramic viewing for a big-picture experience • Brilliant CrystalClear QHD makes graphics and images come to life • Multitasking to the max Amsterdam, 24 February 2015: MMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, announces a new addition to the line-up of Philips UltraWide displays. Promising a dazzling viewing experience, the new 34-inch BDM3470UP display offers Quad HD resolution to bring graphics and images to life. The UltraWide panoramic desktop provides plenty of space for managing bright ideas, easily showing several windows side-by-side with detail-rich clarity. Panoramic CrystalClear performance with AH-IPS technology The latest Philips display uses advanced AH-IPS LED panels, which keep colours consistently bright and accurate even at a 178° viewing angle. And at 34 inches, the new BDM3470UP is expansive enough to provide users with space for their brightest ideas. The UltraWide 21:9 panoramic view offers room to arrange multiple windows, for side-by-side comparison or for busy multitasking involving a whole range of applications. The CrystalClear Quad HD resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels makes it possible to zoom into fine detail with unrivalled clarity. And for even greater brightness and colour fidelity, the new display also features Philips SmartUniformity mode: with dedicated metrics to assess colour accuracy, the mode is...



VisionTek Introduces Wallet Drive

VisionTek Introduces Wallet Drive Portable USB 3.0 2.5″ Drive Leather Enclosure With Built-In Connecting Cable For PCs and Macs   $19.99 MSRP bus-powered, wallet-sized enclosure offers perfect combination of style, convenience, and performance with tool-less design for easy install and hot-swapping of HDDs and SSDs   February 19, 2015, East Dundee, IL – VisionTek Products LLC, (VisionTek®) http://www.visiontek.com, a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PCs and Macs, today announced the new VisionTek Wallet Drive leather external drive enclosure. Designed for ultra-portable convenience, the Wallet Drive’s leather cover with magnetic flap closure conceals a hot-swappable, screw-less drive tray with an integrated 7″ long USB 3.0/2.0 connecting cable. Any SATA hard drive or solid state drive can simply be slid into the Wallet Drive to deliver data transfer speeds up to 600MB/s with nearly any Windows® or Mac® OS X based computer with a USB 3.0/2.0 interface. No Tools or Assembly Needed – Remove and Replace Drives Easily To start storing, sharing, and/or backing up documents, music, videos, photos, and other data with the Wallet Drive, just slide any 2.5″ 7mm or 9mm SATA I/II/III hard drive or solid state drive, including VisionTek’s Go Drive and Racer series of SSDs, into the hot-swappable drive tray. The snap tight, pressure fit tray securely holds the drive without the need for tools or screws. P...



Club 3D USB 3.0 Active Repeater Cablesnull

Amsterdam, February 18th 2015 Club 3D today officially launches its USB 3.0 active repeater cables. With lengths of 5, 10 and 15 metres we are convinced that they will be a good addition to the computing experience for those who need to place webcams,storage devices or other peripherals a bit further away from their desktop PC. The active repeater cables are available from today and have recommended enduser prices of USD 39 for CAC-1401, USD 59 for CAC-1402 and USD 89 for CAC-1403. In Euro this would be 36/54/81 for the respective items based on current exchange rate. All prices are ex.VAT. USB 3.0 Active Repeater Cable Tethering your devices up to 15 meters The maximum practical length for the USB 3.0 cable is 3 meters but often certain applications require flexibility when it comes to cable lenght. To lift this lenght barrier, the USB 3.0 Active Repeater cable allows you to extend the USB 3.0 cable far beyond its maximum length. All 3 items will be available by Mid of February 2015.             CAC-1401 5 METERS 16 FEET CAC-1402 10 METERS 32 FEET CAC-1403 15 METERS 49 FEET Applications TETHER Tethered shooting is connecting a computer to the camera via the USB port so the pictures you take are downloaded to the computer instead of the memory card. Previewing photos in the field can be quite challenging. The small screen on the back of the camera doesn’t exactly give you a good representation of how well photos are turning out. You can easi...






Find us on Google+