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Bitfenix Collosus Mini ITX Review

Lately it seems I have been covering the smaller side of things in reviews. If you read any of them, you will know that I am not a big fan of the diminutive size of Micro and Mini anything when it comes to computing. The bigger the better has been my motto. Huge cases that could fit every feature you might ever want, plus the remains of Jimmy Hoffa, have been my focus for the last few years. Despite this, not too long ago I had the chance to experiment with some of the newer small offerings from Bitfenix and MSI in the form of the Prodigy M and the Z87I Micro ATX Gaming board. I freely admit that I had a change of heart. To my surprise the performance differences between full size and snack size has been erased during this recent resurgence of the minuscule. Bitfenix is now giving me the chance to go even smaller with a Mini-ITX based Colossus M in an effort to fully rehabilitate my aversion to pint size PCs! If it is anything like the Prodigy M, they might just succeed. Let's dig in and find out!



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Biostar A88W Hi-Fi 3D ATX Motherboard Review

In the past several months, the push for Home Theater PC's (HTPC's for short) has started to grow wildly. The allure of a fully modular home theater machine that does more than just play your movies or music is simply too strong for many to resist, and rightfully so. Oftentimes the question we may ask is "What platform should I build a HTPC on?" The answers vary wildly based on individual hardware preferences. AMD seems to think that one of the best choices out there for the discerning HTPC enthusiast lies with their newest Kaveri APU. While there are many choices out there of associated hardware, with more on the way, Biostar has one now that appeals directly to the audiophile: the A88W Hi-Fi 3D. Designed with both a high-end isolated audio solution and potential for tuning an unlocked APU, this motherboard looks to be a very sensible choice for those who want a little bit from every buffet of tech; the question is, "does it deliver finely tuned notes for enthusiasts of all kinds, or does it fall flat?" We're here to find out just that.



 
 
 
 
 
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BitFenix Prodigy M

The desktop PC has evolved into a platform for enthusiasts and modders to cram as much gear into a case as they can. Sometimes it is just not practical for taking to a LAN or using as an HTPC due to the size and weight of a custom PC. There has been a concerted effort by some case manufacturers to reduce the footprint of the desktop without leaving the features of a larger chassis behind. We all have grown spoiled to the conveniences of cable routing, drive bays and countless cooling options. This is where the ingenuity and innovation of BitFenix comes into play. BitFenfix, the creator of the popular mini ITX Prodigy case is looking to fill a gap in the small form factor market. Many complained the original Prodigy did not support the larger micro ATX board and felt left out. The Prodigy M with full support for micro ATX and mini ITX boards is said to offer the same flexibility and style of the original Prodigy case with the same small footprint. Let's take a look into how BitFenix pulled this off.



 
 
 
 
 
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Cambridge Audio Minx Go

Introduction We just received the Minx Go for review recently. Developed by Cambridge Audio, the Minx Go is a Bluetooth speaker that is designed for indoor or backyard barbecue activities. While the Minx Go isn’t something that you would want to take on an outdoor adventure, you shouldn’t need to settle for a boombox style stereo for entertaining the guests. The five speaker array is designed to deliver crisp and precise audio streamed from your Bluetooth enabled device. While the Minx Go doesn’t have your normal features like a speakerphone, the audio quality and looks make up for lacking a speakerphone. Will the Minx Go earn the recognition of gamers? Continue reading to see how it stands up…   First, here’s a bit about Cambridge Audio Music is also at the heart of everything we do and we believe that every musical experience should be a magical one. Although it’s an incredible treat which we urge everyone to experience, most people simply don’t have time to listen to a dedicated hi-fi every time they want to hear great music.



 
 
 
 
 
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Roccat Tusko

Intro Here’s the situation: your friends just invited you to a LAN gaming session nearby, and you really want to go. Your favorite games are being played and you’ve been wanting to show off your rig for a while. You start making plans to go when it hits you: you have far too many accessories to cart around with you, not to mention you just shelled out 300+ dollars on that sweet 24″ monitor you use. Also, you certainly don’t want to be moving that around too much for fear of damaging it. *sigh* What’s a gamer to do? Roccat has been known to make rock solid accessories that cater specifically to the PC gaming enthusiast. From mice and mouse pads to headsets and keyboards, Roccat has your enthusiast needs covered. For the LAN gamer, they also offer the item we will be placing under the magnifying glass today: the Roccat Tusko. It’s a portfolio-style case for carting around your monitor and accessories all in one safe and easy-to-use package. Let’s dive right in and see if it’s got what it takes.   Here’s a word about Roccat: Founded in 2007, ROCCAT™ develops high quality and innovative accessories in Germany for ambitious computer gamers. In close collaboration with the gaming community, outstanding input devices and headsets, which excel through their first-class precision, high level of ease-of-use and unique design, are designed at ROCCAT™ Studios in Hamburg. The ROCCAT™ Kone Gaming Mouse was the first produc...



 
 
 
 
 
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NZXT H230 Silent Mid-Tower

Introduction: Today I was given the opportunity to look at and review yet another offering from NZXT. Among the many different cases they manufacture, their H series in particular has become one that has truly sparked my interest. Over the past several years, NZXT has become one of the premier manufacturers. They have been ahead of the pack with innovative designs and features while targeting both the gaming and enthusiasts’ arena. Today we will be looking at a new budget oriented Mid-Tower chassis, the H230 which is also part of their H or silent series of cases. If you’re not familiar with the NZXT H series line of cases, the NZXT H230 brings some of the same sound deadening abilities as its two predecessors, only this time it’s in a more affordable package. The new NZXT H230, a Mid Tower Chassis fits right in alongside NZXT’s award winning H2 and H630 silent series of cases. The NZXT H230 comes complete with a tool-free 5.25” latch design, removable HDD cage, seven expansion slots and USB 3.0 connectivity. Read on to see if it brings all of the essentials together for a silent, cool, hassle-free computing experience.   Our Thanks goes out to NZXT for providing us with the review sample. “NZXT, a company built upon gamer’s dreams, hopes to create products that put consumers first. With the objective of designing unique products catered for hardware enthusiasts and gamers, NZXT has grown into a globally renowned brand recognized for dedicati...



 
 
 
 
 
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Corsair Vengeance LP Low Voltage 8GB 1600 MHz Memory

Intro [Editor's Note: We would like to introduce our newest contributing member to the writing team: Mike G. He will be writing reviews for us on several different products from now on and we are glad to have him. For this first review, Mike used a product he already owned. This is also why we couldn't do our typical unboxing treatment, as he no longer had the original packaging. Regardless, he did a bang-up job and will fit in well here at PureOverclock. Please welcome Mike G. to the PureOverclock Staff! ] Let’s face it: when most system builders get their parts lists together, one of the affecting factors in product selection is product aesthetics. Whether is is the style of heat pipes on a graphics card or the color of the motherboard, looks can make or break a system. Of course after appearances are considered, performance matters as well. Depending on whom you ask, performance may mean a few different things; it could mean raw power, or it could mean efficiency. Rarely can you have both in one finely tuned package that also happens to look good and is reasonably priced. Corsair has maintained such a balance since 2002 with some of the most stylish and best performing memory you can buy, both in terms of pure bandwidth capabilities and responsible power consumption. Most recently, their Vengeance lineup has epitomized this balance, offering not only varying levels of performance, but offering several different styles of heat sinks in many different colors to match ...



 
 
 
 
 
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Cooler Master N-200 Mini Gaming Tower

Introduction: Sometimes you just get lucky and happen to find a well built case that fits within a tight budget, but also looks extremely good and includes features you would not normally find at a budget price. Today we might have a good example of that. I’m talking about a new arrival from Cooler Master, the N-200. This is the latest addition to Cooler Master’s brand new N Series compact ITX / Micro ATX mainstream cases. The Cooler Master N-200 comes with water cooling support and improved air cooling performance, wrapped in a subtle and simplistic design. It could be the case that may really meets your needs and leaves your wallet happier too. The N-200 from Cooler Master not only supports a 120mm radiator at the back, but is the first mini tower that supports installing 120mm or even 240mm radiators in the front of the case! Thanks to its all mesh front panel and two high quality Cooler Master Xtra Flo fans with large air vents, it boasts excellent cooling performance. Furthermore, despite its extremely compact size, the N-200 supports 160mm tall CPU tower coolers, and long high-end VGAs, (including the HD 7990). It even has support for four 2.5″ SSDs and three of 3.5″ HDDs. Read on as we take an up close and personal look at the Cooler Master N-200 Mini Tower to see if it is the affordable answer you are looking for.     Our Thanks goes out to Cooler Master for providing us with the review sample. Here’s a brief statement from them....



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Mad Catz® Announces the Killer Instinct™ Arcade FightStick™ Tournament Edition 2 for Xbox One

Licensed Tournament Edition FightStick Expected to Ship Holiday 2013 San Diego – July 16, 2013 – Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT: MCZ) announced today the Killer Instinct Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2, a premium quality fighting game controller expected to ship Holiday 2013.  Previously announced at E3 2013 and used on stage during the E3 Xbox Media Briefing to demonstrate the game, the new FightStick will now carry fully licensed Killer Instinct artwork and feature button mapping tuned specifically for the game.  “E3 greeted us with a positive reaction to our Tournament Edition 2 FightStick and we’re pleased that the controller will provide passionate fans of Killer Instinct with an even richer gaming experience,” said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. “We earlier commented how the enhanced performance of the Xbox One opens up additional scope for innovation and believe that the Killer Instinct Tournament Edition 2 FightStick perfectly illustrates our commitment to the next generation of entertainment.”  Developed by Microsoft Studios and Double Helix Games©, Killer Instinct is the return of the legendary fighting game franchise coming exclusively to Xbox One this holiday.  Expected to be the first fighting game controller available for Xbox One, the Tournament Edition 2 Arcade FightStick features arcade-perfect controls and has been extensively designed with the com...



 
 
 
 
 
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Diamond Multimedia WPCTVPRO VideoStream Wireless USB PC to your TV

With all the content now available to us on or computers we are always looking for simple ways to share and display that content, not just from our laptops or computer screens, but also on a big screen TV. With bulky set top boxes and cable connections we can do just that. However, there are alternatives. Today I have the pleasure of reviewing a device from Diamond Multimedia that is one such alternative. We have their WPCTVPRO VideoStream Wireless USB PC to your TV device on the bench and are going to put it through its paces. The Diamond Multimedia WPCTVPRO VStream wirelessly streams HD video and internet content to your HDTV. Enjoy and share your home computer content and stream movies from your laptop from sites like Hulu®, Netflix®, Boxee, iTunes® and YouTube from the comfort of your own living room. Watch 1080P video and 6 channel HD 5.1 audio content, share pictures, presentations, office documents, web content and other types of data, on your HD display without wires. Read on and let’s see how well the VideoStream from Diamond performs on a larger size display streaming video and content without any cable limitations.



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Newest HTPC version from ARCTIC

 MC001-XBMC –An Incredible Media Centre Combination This full-system media centre fulfils all your home entertainment needs, based on the award-winning platform XBMC 12 (OpenELEC 3.0). For the past months, ARCTIC worked in partnership with OpenELEC, together we combined a media centre which has integrated with the most desirable features, equipped with the latest XMBC 12 (OpenELEC 3.0) platform that made the most perfect and user-friendly media centre to have. The MC001-XBMC is easy and ready-to-use, it plays all popular audio and video formats and supports full HD 1080p. Pack all your videos, songs and photos into the massive 1TB storage. Control freely from your Smartphone or tablet using one of the many excellent remote control apps available for both Android and iOS or with the bundled Infrared remote. Watch TV directly on MC001-XBMC and, thanks to OpenELEC 3.0 PVR functionality, you can even record your favourite shows. A multitude of Add-ons will let you extend MC001-XBMC’s capabilities beyond your imagination: Listen to radio, Watch online video (YouTube, Vimeo, Netflix and others), Access your favourite Music on Demand service, show your latest pictures and Use a 1TB Network Storage. AVAILABLE FOR ORDER NOW! Be the first to own the MC001-XBMC Limited Edition Media Centre as long as stock lasts! ARCTIC



 
 
 
 
 
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Rosewill USB 3.0 External All Aluminum 6X Blu-ray/DVD Reader/ Writer

Today I have the pleasure of reviewing The Rosewill USB 3.0 External all Aluminum 6X Blu-ray/DVD reader/writer, that will not only play all of your prized digital media collection, but also gives you the ability to back it up as well. The USB 3.0 Rosewill RDED-12001 Blu-ray writer offers the most comprehensive disc media Read & Write capability including up to a whopping 128GB BDXL disc, at up to 6X BD-R speeds. The Rosewill RDED-12001 also supports state-of-the-art 3D technology together with the enclosed Cyberlink Media Suite 10 to bring a true-to-life 3D experience to your desktop or laptop. The aluminum case offers enhanced durability as well as heat dissipation, and the lightweight, ultra-thin profile can easily fit into your notebook case or backpack without adding too much bulk. Read on to see what else it brings to your laptop, notebook or desktop.



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FAVI Now Shipping SmartStick HDTV to SmartTV Converter

The popular and affordable plug and play device that allows you to browse the internet, watch your favorite movies, music, apps and games on any HDTV is shipping in time for the holidays DETROIT – December 11, 2012 – FAVI Entertainment, creators of innovative audiovisual products, is now shipping the much anticipated SmartStick HDTV enhancer. This small device which is inserted to the HDMI port allows you to access your favorite movies, music, apps and games all via its Android OS. This new quick-connect solution to upgrading your existing television to a SmartTV is also affordable at under $50 MSRP with an optional wireless keyboard accessory for easy navigation for $39.99 MSRP. The sky’s the limit with SmartStick offering dozens of Apps ready for play including movie streaming via Netflix, HBO Go or EPIX, music streaming via Pandora or Spotify, video streaming via You Tube, and also popular social media sites like Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, the SmartStick includes a full Internet browser and 4GB of built-in memory. Included with the SmartStick is the Plex app where you can wirelessly deliver videos, documents, music, images, movies directly to your SmartStick enabled television making your TV a hub of entertainment – no subscription needed. There are also fun accessories for the SmartStick that are sold separately made to enhance the experience including a fully functional mini wireless keyboard complete with a touch pad for easy web browsing....



 
 
 
 
 
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Phanteks PH-TC90LS Low Profile CPU Cooler

One of the several names that comes to mind when you’re talking about superior air cooling performance is Phanteks. Phanteks in a very short time has become a leader in the air cooling heavy weight arena, especially with their high performance gargantuan air coolers, like the PH-TC14PE for example. Phanteks is now entering the ring with a new light-weight contender called the Phanteks PH-TC90LS. It is a new arrival with a very low profile. It looks like it is especially geared for those small form factor gaming cases and HTPC builds we now see flooding the market. Its design seems to cater to the limited amount of space that they provide. Today, I have the pleasure of reviewing a new addition to the Phanteks family of coolers, The PH-TC90LS. It is a very small, low profile cooler with the same technologies we have seen in Phanteks larger builds, like their special P.A.T.S. and C.P.S.C. technologies. The PH-TC90LS sports a low profile of just 95x95x45mm. It is made of a nickel plated copper block, with three 6 mm heat pipes embedded within the block, as well as an aluminum finned heat stack & a 90mm low profile white PWM fan. All this is packed together in a very small footprint. Read on to see if this light weight contender can score a knockout punch like its bigger brothers.



 
 
 
 
 
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Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced Ultra Mini ITX Compact Case

With the home theater becoming a big part of the family entertainment experience, many of us are on the lookout for the perfect home theater computer case. Most of us need something with a small foot print yet big enough to hold the necessary hardware. Also, its aesthetics need to fit in with your home theater surround sound system, so looks are paramount. Today we will be looking at the Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced HTPC to see if it’s just what the doctor ordered. Here's a brief description of the case. The Cooler Master’s Elite 120 Advanced is an ultra-compact case with support for full size high-end components. The Elite 120 supports a full size ATX PSU, the largest video cards, 5.25” optical drive bay and will hold a combination of up to 5 HDDs and SSDs. The Elite 120 Advanced also features 3 fan positions for excellent air flow to keep the system cool and quiet. It's nicely painted in a matte black throughout and topped off with a stylish front bezel that features an anodized brushed aluminum fascia. Check out more at the link...







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