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Oh Boy! Enermax Showed me More Shinies

Enermax sent an email summing up everything they want us to pay attention to after CES. I already covered a lot of what’s here in our last post, but now we have better release windows and prices. For instance, the Saberay will be available this month and the price looks pretty nice at $160. A couple of more items that perked my interest was the inclusion of SleeMax cables to more lines of PSUs, which I think is an awesome thing, and confirmation that the LiqTech II does have the 450 L/h pump I mentioned earlier. Sure, this might be a lot of posting on Enermax, but I’m a big fan of their PSUs and coolers so post I shall! Right now, I think the Saberay is the perfect, all around case for various reasons. For starters, the easy access Tempered Glass panels are perfect for builders who get inside their cases a lot. Normally, I’d prefer full tower, but the Saberay looks to be so roomy that I don’t think it will make a difference that it’s technically a mid-tower. There’s tons of water cooling support, rather than needless amounts of HDD bays. Seriously! How many builders are putting 8 drive RAIDs in their personal gaming builds? Finally, I don’t believe there’s a more elegant looking case with amazing RGB lighting than the Saberay. I really love this case! There’s a couple of fans releasing as well. The T.B. silence has an interesting feature in that it will spin as low as 300 RPMs. It would be nice to see it in action, but ...



I’m So in Love with the Enermax Saberay and LiqFusion

Enermax is a crazy amazing company in my opinion. It’s always hard to review certain products because sometimes, price is a hard factor to ignore. If I could take 5 years to review a product, I could quantify quality much better, but in a short time period, it puts us reviewers in tight spots. Then again, there are products that just blow me away beyond imagination. So while I take a second to shed my tears for not being at the Enermax booth this year (#newborn), let’s dive into some amazing looking products with the Saberay, the LIQFusion, and a mining version of the MaxTytan. Oh Saberay, I’ve dreamed of you every day since the moment I first saw you in 2017! It may have taken a year, but it looks like it will be well worth the wait. For starters, Enermax puts a TON of space in a mid-tower design. I almost feel like it should be a full tower. The space available makes this design excellent for liquid cooling, custom or closed loop. The features I loved most about this case was the one latch, easy to remove panels. Enermax still has those, but you can see the big change that happened from 2017. Enermax added their 4 ring RGB fans to the mix. The lighting is absolutely gorgeous on these fans and it’s even better in this case. The best news is seeing an available date for 2018. The release can’t make it here fast enough! Next, we need to talk about CLCs and reconsider who makes the best looking unit. Before we do that though, let’s talk ab...



Phanteks Catch-Up: Enthoo Pro TG, Halos Lux Fan Frames, Glacier Reservoirs

Phanteks is a PC builder’s, pun intended, wet dream when it comes to computer cases. They represent quality, elegance, and amazing support for custom cooling loops. Last month, they announced quite a few products and I feel like you might want a heads up of what’s to come. Not only do we have a glass version of the Enthoo Pro case, but we also have RGB fan rings and innovative reservoirs. Tempered glass is almost a necessity for a case that’s as amazing as the Enthoo Pro series. Phanteks also has a special edition that gives you an extra fan and two of their RGB fan frames. The only issue I have is the lack of a hinge/latch system for the glass panels, which I feel is a necessary extra step for this caliber of case. Going back to the fan frames though, the Halos Lux are compatible with motherboard RGB headers so you can integrate the lighting with the rest of your system. This also allows RGB to be completely optional and match it to high performing case/radiator fans. Finally, the Glacier series reservoirs come in two sizes and integrate two fairly unique features. The inclusion of a heatsink to help mitigate heat retention is a cool concept, but may not add much to performance in practical use. The fan bracket however, is a great addition that makes installing the reservoir easy in just about any type of case. Check out the gallery below and you’ll get a good look at everything Phanteks released recently. You can also follow the links to see the f...



Deepcool Features Limited Edition Quadstellar and the Stellar Fryzen CPU Cooler

It’s official I think. Deepcool is the most futuristic feeling company in the business right now. Not only does the Quadstellar look like a spaceship, but the innovation of making it a “smart” case as well is a great time when the smart features help with cooling. Deepcool is going all out with releases of limited editions of their most innovative designs, but they also announced what could be the coolest CPU tower cooler I’ve seen to date. The Quadstellar Case, Ark 90 Case and Captain 240EX CPU cooler are all getting limited edition releases. The choice of a silver finish is really elegant, but I feel like orange accents will limit the appeal to a very specific audience. Hey, on the other hand, maybe a lot more people like orange than I know. This is a pretty good announcement where it stands, but the latest tower CPU cooler design they have is absolutely fantastic. The Fryzen has all of the RGB bling we’ve come to expect from Deepcool, but the design is specifically for AMD Threadripper, while also supporting AM4 sockets. Deepcool, I need one of these now! With all of these new announcements, I have such a mixture of emotions. I’m super excited about the news I’m seeing, but I can’t help but feel the waves of depression wafting over me because I’m not at CES this year. Hopefully next year will be a bit more open for me, but the product releases are certainly worth bringing to your attention, even if I have to do it fr...



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!



CORSAIR Launches New Range of Magnetic Levitation ML PRO RGB Fans

Quiet Cooling, In Any Color CORSAIR Launches New Range of Magnetic Levitation ML PRO RGB Fans Fremont, CA – November 16, 2017 — CORSAIR®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, high-performance gaming hardware and PC components and today announced the launch of the new ML PRO RGB range of PC cooling fans. Building on the success of CORSAIR ML Series fans, which are equipped with magnetic levitation bearings to deliver almost frictionless operation, CORSAIR ML PRO RGB fans add four individually controlled RGB LEDs on the fan’s center hub, creating a vivid 360° blast of light and color. Enhanced by frosted fan blades and customizable with near-limitless options in CORSAIR LINK software, ML PRO RGB fans create a bright circle of custom-color-lighting that makes any PC standout from the crowd. Behind the lighting, ML PRO RGB fans retain the quality and performance that’s made ML Series fans a staple of high-end PCs and the most ambitious builds, with a magnetic levitation fan bearing that physically levitates the fan rotor to almost entirely eliminate bearing friction. The custom-designed fan rotor delivers the perfect balance between high static pressure and high airflow, while a low-noise tuned PWM control range means that, even at full speed, ML PRO RGB fans are incredibly quiet. Available in 120mm or 140mm sizes, ML PRO RGB fans are sold in three fan (120mm) or two fan (140mm) kits. Each kit includes both a CORSAIR RGB Fan LED Hub and Lighting Node PRO, unlock...



Noctua NH-S12L & NH-L9a-AM4 Low Profile CPU Cooler Review

Are you in the market for a compact yet efficient heatsink for your next HTPC that happens to be Ryzen based? Perhaps the Noctua NH-S12L or NH-L9a-AM4 is for you. Read on for more info...



Noctua Introduces Chromax Line Fans, Cables and Heatsink Covers

Noctua has always been known for a professional look and a brown/beige color scheme. Rather than jump on the garish RGB LED craze, they decided to sharpen there aesthetic design by a more elegant color scheme on accessories. The expansion of Chromax on cables and heatsink covers is a fantastic idea that will certainly help builders beautify their builds in new ways. Check out the full press release below! Vienna, October 16th 2017 – Noctua today introduced the long-awaited chromax editions of its most renowned 120mm and 140mm fan models as well as chromax line cables and heatsink covers for its award-winning NH-U12S and NH-D15 series CPU coolers. All the new chromax line products allow users to colour-customise their Noctua cooling systems in order to match popular build colour schemes. “Noctua is an engineering-driven company: we pride ourselves on relentlessly tuning our products for maximum performance and quality rather than putting form before function, but of course we understand that many customers put an emphasis on build aesthetics these days,” explains Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “With the new chromax line fans, cables and heatsink covers, we now offer a range of products that’s ideal for those who care about looks just as much as about quality and performance.” Having received more than 100 awards and recommendations from international hardware websites and magazines, the NF-A15, NF-A14, NF-F12 and NF-S12A are among Noctua’s most renowned 140mm ...



Glow With The Flow – CORSAIR Launches Stunning New LL Series RGB fans

Many of you have certainly been “stunned” by all of the new RGB effects on computer hardware these days. By stunned I mean, blinded by dazzling rainbow lights to the point that you vision blacks out and your body freezes in place from the shock. As for me, well, I enjoy being stunned by a vibrant array of LED colors. Corsair has taken the next step by adding an internal ring of RGB glow to the LL series of fans. Sure, some people think the RGB is a bit much, but as always, I’m super excited by the effect the lighting has on the blades. When will someone get a full spectrum wave RGB LED 200mm fan? Fremont, CA – October 12th, 2017 – CORSAIR®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, high-performance gaming and PC components hardware today announced a new addition to its acclaimed range of RGB cooling fans, the LL Series. 16 Brilliant independent RGB LEDs encircle each LL series fan and its central hub (12 LEDs in the outer loop and four in the inner), all controllable using CORSAIR LINK software to create a stunning symphony of color. Choose from a huge variety of stunning customizable lighting effects and patterns using CORSAIR LINK software to make your PC standout like never before, or synchronize fan lighting to system temperatures for at-a-glance information. Designed to run as quiet as their colors are bright, each LL Series fan utilizes precise PWM control and low-RPM operation, so they’ll be seen, but not heard. Combining class-leading R...



Lamptron RGB Lighting, Fan Controllers Review and Giveaway

Giveaway! It’s time to win something at PureOC! Lamptron has some new products and wanted us to not only review them, but host a giveaway as well. Fan controllers might seem a tad antiquated these days, but what if I told you that you could control RGB lighting without the need of extra software? Lamptron has done the unimaginable by making the CL420 fan controller that can also control the RGB lighting effects in fans and LED strips. The video explains, as well as shows, that the CL420 does an excellent job of controlling fan speed, while also giving tons of RGB LED lighting controls for both fans and strips. This is such an incredibly unique design that I have to give huge props to Lamptron for introducing it. The CM512 is a pretty standard fan controller, but it offers a solid option for users who want non-obtrusive, hardware based speed control. The biggest issues I see with these products is a slightly limited availability and a fairly steep price of over $60 for the CL420 on Amazon. Overall though, Lamptron really outdid themselves with the CL420! Use the entry form below to add entries into the giveaway and don’t forget to check out the full video for all of the review details. In order to win, you must be 18 years or older and have a valid shipping address in the contiguous 48 states of the US. Don’t forget to join or forums and ask any PC related questions you might have. Finally, we also happily award the Lamptron CL420 and CM512 the Pure Overc...



Deepcool launches Captain RGB CPU Liquid Cooler White Version

Captain 240 EX RGB WHITE August 2017 – Deepcool Deepcool is a company that was built with the vision of providing the finest PC DIY solution for worldwide customers by constantly seeking innovative breakthroughs. Building on the successful achievements in its previous Aio liquid coolers, today Deepcool launches a new white version in the Captain EX RGB lineup, featuring synchronized RGB lighting system – Captain 240 EX RGB WHITE Overview Captain 240 EX RGB WHITE retains all the key features of the Captain EX RGB Series, which integrates the latest RGB variable lighting system which incorporates waterblock and LED strip for a more excellent visual experience. Moreover, elegant white version offering an awesome sensation not only to your CPU cooling but also your aesthetic demands. Fabulous Synchronized RGB Lighting System With the RGB waterblock and an attached RGB LED strip, the aesthetics of your whole rig can be easily enhanced in a flash. All you need to do is customize the LED lighting to match your system with the included wired controller. Software Control If you have motherboard supporting RGB lighting, then software control is accessible for you by simply plugging the RGB connector included into the RGB Header on your motherboard. Effects After Being Installed Available in September, 2017 MSRP: Captain 240EX RGB WHITE– 129.99 USD Follow us @DEEPCOOL on Facebook.



Swiftech has Blocks for Ryzen and Vega

Some news just can’t be covered because the real-life schedule won’t allow it. Other news is so important that it just gets delayed for a while. Swiftech ended up in the delayed boat not because I wanted them to, but because life just caught up with me for the last few weeks. On the flip side, they have some great looking blocks coming down the pipes for all of the AMD releases. Check out the full PRs for AM4 and Vega and stay posted for more news and reviews! Swiftech Introduces New Apogee SKF-TR4 Heirloom Series PICO RIVERA, CA, August 31, 2017 – Rouchon Industries Inc., dba Swiftech® (OTC Pink Current: RCHN), today announced the release of their Apogee SKF-TR4 Heirloom Series. Swiftech is proud to announce that they’ve just finished a Threadripper customized Apogee SKF that features a larger cooling engine (with 30% more surface area) that is optimized for the multi-dies design of the new Ryzen Threadripper CPU’s. With a larger copper base plate, the entire surface is covered on the HIS. The Swiftech Apogee™ SKF-TR4 is a highly innovative CPU waterblock featuring a revolutionary cooling engine and customization options that allows users to go beyond their limits. The Apogee SKF-TR4 features an entirely new cooling engine made of 125 micron (< 5 thousandth’s of an inch!) thick slotted fins. This new technology is at the very least one generation ahead of the competition and will be the foundation of Swiftech’s next generation CPU waterblocks. ...



iBuyPower Element PC Review: Intel i7-7900X & Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti

Introduction Most of the readers that will frequent a hardware review site will swear by the experience of building their own custom PC. Price, performance and customization are all highlights we love to point out, but sometimes we like to overlook the problems like compatibility, DOAs, and tons of troubleshooting. If you’re a troubleshooter by nature, then building a PC is the perfect way to appeal to that need for figuring out problems. If you aren’t then the idea of building your own gaming PC is probably a nightmare! So what are gamers supposed to do if they want performance on a custom built level, but are afraid to dive into putting their own components together? The answer that you shouldn’t go to is to buy a Dell. Perhaps the real answer is to look at a company like iBuyPower. They have custom built PCs that are pre-assembled and pre-configured so that a buyer has little to worry about on their end. The only question is if the company is offering a worthwhile system to spend your hard-earned cash on. We’ll find out soon how this variant of the iBuyPower Element stacks up, but first let’s look at a statement from the company on their values. iBUYPOWER symbolizes several key beliefs: unity, strength, ambition, and perseverance. These are fundamental attributes of life inside and outside of gaming. You need them all to win. Leading the pack, iBUYPOWER is gaming, defined.Since 1999, iBUYPOWER has been delivering on its promise to build the...



Noctua presents two AM4-compatible low-profile coolers

Vienna, September 20th 2017 – Noctua today presented two updates to its range of quiet low-profile CPU coolers. Successors to the award-winning NH-L9a and NH-L12, the new NH-L9a-AM4 and NH-L12S models now support the AM4 socket of AMD’s Ryzen processors. Whereas the NH-L9a-AM4 stands a mere 37mm tall, which makes it ideal for use in compact HTPCs or Small Form Factor cases that offer minimum clearance for CPU coolers, the slightly bigger NH-L12S comes equipped with the new NF-A12x15 PWM fan and combines excellent compatibility, surprising efficiency and remarkable flexibility. “AMD has made a big impact on the market with its Ryzen architecture and the platform will become even more interesting for compact HTPC builds when the first Ryzen-based APUs are introduced next year,” says Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “We’re thus updating two of our award-winning low-profile models to support Ryzen’s AM4 socket.”The new NH-L9a-AM4 is an AM4-specific revision of Noctua’s award-winning NH-L9a low-profile CPU cooler. At a height of only 37mm, the NH-L9a is ideal for extremely slim cases and, due to its small footprint, it provides 100% RAM and PCIe compatibility as well as easy access to near-socket connectors, even on tightly packed mini-ITX motherboards. The custom-designed SecuFirm2™ mounting system for the AM4 socket makes installation child’s play and, thanks to the highly optimised NF-A9x14 92mm fan that supports fully automatic speed control via PWM, the...



FSP Windale 6 CPU Cooler Review

Introduction FSP gave us something new to look at with their CMT210 Chassis, but they included a CPU cooler to review as well. The CMT210 was excellent in addressing tiny details that can cause frustration for someone, especially if it’s a first time PC build. Now we have the Windale 6 to look at and while we’ll be looking at how easily the cooler installs, cooling performance will be an integral point to look at as well. We also won’t forget aesthetics. As always, we’ll get to Windale soon enough, but first let’s look at the company statement again from FSP! Since 1993, based on its professional R&D expertise, enormous production capacity and high Quality Assurance, FSP has achieved an important position in the challenging IT industry. To strengthen the brand image and to provide better service to our customers, FSP built its own brand in 2003. FSP has a good understanding of customer needs, which includes providing products of high quality and reliability, after-sales service and continuous development of new products. It can be prominently seen in such as our products like highly efficient Aurum series and the fanless Zen series. As a result, innovation and high quality are the most important advantages of FSP. In the future, FSP will continue innovating new technology to meet customers’ needs with its professional R&D team and after-sales service. To provide highly efficient and innovative products for all families and enrich...






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