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NZXT Kraken X62 Liquid CPU Cooler Review

As of the time of release, NZXT has the best RGB lighting a CPU cooler can offer on the market. The Kraken X62 also offers excellent cooling performance without sacrificing noise levels. It does have a high price tag though and relies heavily on software control for cooling and lighting.



Filling the Loop: SENNHEISER Headsets, TAI-HAO Keycaps, AQUA COMPUTER cuplex kryos NEXT

As a hardware news and review writer, I find that it can be pretty difficult to keep up with everything happening in the industry. It could be that, or it could be the full time job with a family that crunches the schedule a bit. But that’s the life of a freelancer and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Still, there’s some good news worthy releases I’ve received that I’ve been dying to get out to you, but haven’t had the time until now. Let’s fill the loop on some interesting products from SENNHEISER, TAI-HAO and AQUA COMPUTER. I hate to admit it but I was deleting PRs from SENNHEISER because I didn’t realize they were different from the other spam emails I get. Let’s just say spam filters aren’t perfect and I check all of my promotional emails a bit closer now. Still, consistency is not an issue for them and I began noticing what I thought were some pretty impressive products. SENNHEISER deals in gaming headsets, but also has a host of other audio products to check out. For this update, I particularly want to point out the GSP 350 gaming headset with Dolby 7.1 Surround. While I can’t verify the audio quality, the design looks excellent and some user reviews I looked at indicate that the company generally has pretty good sound. Even then, there were a couple of features that looked interesting. One design detail I really like is the fact that the mic will automatically mute when you raise the boom, negating t...



October News Round Up: SWIFTECH Apogee XL2, GAMER STORM Genome II, GTX 1050 Ti and More!

Welcome back to our second roundup of hardware news that happened this month. The CPU and GPU side of things may have slowed down a tad, but there’s a lot that happened with cooling and cases. Let’s dive in and get excited about what’s coming down the road! CPUs Let’s start out with an update on Kaby Lake. Geekbench came out with some impressive results and the story made it look like INTEL has merely been holding back for a while. Recently however, an i5-7500K sample was benchmarked and only showed about a 10% improvement over Skylake. This is actually pretty disappointing, especially considering that the 4970K is still a top tier single thread performer. On the plus side, it looks like all 100 series motherboards will be able to support Kaby Lake with a BIOS update, but I doubt many will see the need to upgrade from Skylake in such a short time table. At the time being, ASUS is the only brand this is confirmed for, but that’s a good indication that other manufactures will follow suit. We’re still a ways out from release so we can almost expect performance to fluctuate a bit more until closer to release. http://wccftech.com/intel-core-i5-7600k-kaby-lake-cpu-benchmarks/ http://wccftech.com/kaby-lake-support-asus-100-series-motherboards-confirmed/ GPUs The big news this month was the release of the GTX 1050 Ti and the 1050. Each GPU offers a great budget option for 1080p gaming while being extremely energy efficient. Rather than reinvent ...



The NZXT Kraken is Getting an Update

NZXT doesn't update the Kraken series often, but when they do, it's for the best. The new X62, X52, and X42 will get updates to cooling performance with improvements on the pump and AER fans. The lighting will get a drastic improvement with RGB and an infinity mirror!



Don’t Forget to Get Aer! NZXT Aer that is

We covered the announcement of the new RGB LED fans from NZXT last month, but now we can tell you they are available. While I don’t normally go this much out of my way to frequently mention something, I need an excuse to show off that glorious ring around the fan blades again. Check out the link below if you’re interested in ordering one for yourself. https://www.nzxt.com/product-overview/aer-rgb-features Features Designed to integrate seamlessly with HUE+, the Aer RGB fan provides optimal airflow and advanced lighting customizations. Group and daisy chain up to five fans per channel from the HUE+ for extensive lighting modes that work in perfect harmony. Select and modify over 10 lighting effects with ease using CAM’s software interface. The Aer RGB fans feature fluid dynamic bearings and winglet tips that deliver enhanced performance and minimize noise levels. HUE+ and CAM-compatible for seamless software controls and customizations Daisy chain and group fans together for additional lighting effects PWM fan with optimized cooling and whisper-low 22 dBA Fluid dynamic bearing engineered to last over six years Uniform light dispersion with unique light guide design HUE+ is required and sold separately. Specifications Dimensions Aer RGB120: 120 x 120 x 26mm Aer RGB140: 140 x 140 x 26mm Material Plastic, rubber, PCB Weight Aer RGB120: 183g Aer RGB140: 213g Fan Rated Voltage 12V DC Fan Speed 500-1,500 RPM Fan Airflow Aer RGB120: 20 – 61.4 CFM Aer RGB140: 23.9 ...



LAMPTRON CM430 Fan Controller Review

Introduction Fan controllers aren’t quite as essential as they used to be. Even just a few years back, you almost needed to have one if you had more than 3 or 4 fans in your case. Today, we see numerous cases coming with their own controllers, or adding a nice compact hub in the cable management space. That can make it tough on fan controllers today, but a nice display can really add a lot to the look of the front of your case. We have a nice looking one from LAMPTRON today that comes in 3 different colors. We’ll get into the details soon, but first, here’s a quick word about a company you might not have heard much about. Don’t let that fool you though because they seem to know their way around the fan controller market. Lamptron develops and markets the next generation of high performance computer peripherals using the latest technology that enables a new level of interaction between the end-user and their personal computer. Products developed are through a combination of proprietary technology, innovation and ergonomic industrial design. There are three principal business sectors: PC Gaming products PC Silence products PC Modding products Products are designed and developed by our experienced Research and Development Department.Our engineering and R&D staffs specialize in user analysis, material control and industry design. Lamptron not only has expertise in product easy-to-use and product design, but we also plays a vital role in the enhan...



GAMER STORM Captain 240EX CPU Cooler Review

Introduction I’m no Disney Princess, but I can officially say dreams come true. From the moment I saw the first Captain series of CPU coolers, I’ve dreamt of getting my hands on one. Well, that’s become reality now and we even have the upgraded version to put through the paces this time around. The Captain already did an excellent job of changing the way we look at CLCs, but the EX series adds some great aesthetic improvements to really top the look off. The only thing left to find out is if there’s some good performance behind those fancy looks. DEEPCOOL is the parent company behind the GAMER STORM branding. The last time we took a look at one of their products was with an air cooler almost three years ago. Needless to say, they’ve come a long way since then. I love talking about the Captain series, but GAMER STORM has numerous products that look completely awesome and you should certainly check out what they have to offer. We’ll begin looking closer at the Captain 240EX right after seeing a quick word from the company themselves. Company Info Deepcool was founded with the mission of providing the best performance and humanized thermal solutions for worldwide customers. Established in 1996, headquartered in Beijing, factory was established in Shen Zhen, Deepcool originally produced desktop, server coolers and cooling accessories. With the rapid development of personal computers, Deepcool expanded the business into AIO liquid cooling pr...



September News Round Up: Zen, Kaby Lake, GTX 1050 and More

How does a freelance writer keep up with everything happening in the industry when he has a full time job, a family, reviews to keep up with and a puppy in training? It’s worth pointing out that a lot has happened in the month of September this year. AMD has been making announcements about Zen, INTEL has had some details about Kaby Lake and NVIDIA is talking about the GTX 1050. Rather than try to keep up with every piece of news as it releases, we’re going to try something new by having a once a month update to catch you up on the things that are happening in the industry. Welcome to the PureOC Monthly News! On the last Friday of each month, we’ll pull together all the news that feels relevant and give a one stop location to get your info from. So without further ado, let’s get into what’s happened this month. CPUs, Motherboards and Chipsets  AMD Zen, Grey Hawk, X370 Chipset and A12-9800 We’ll start with AMD this time around since much of the anticipation of what will happen in the CPU sector relies on them. We got some more detailed shots of the new Zen chip and the 1331 pin design is confirmed. As far as new info is concerned though, we didn’t get much this month for that. The A12-9800 on the other hand had some very interesting leaks. Some performance scores showed up and even though the new AM4 chip is still using Steamroller cores, it has some reasonable improvements. What was really interesting was an overclocking result. So...



NZXT Launches Aer RGB Fans

If you follow me, you might have heard me say that LEDs make your computer go faster. That’s because it’s a hard cold fact, as long as nobody tries to actually test it or anything. Regardless, I’m huge fan of RGB lighting and seeing it added to with the NZXT Aer fans is pretty fantastic. First off, I love the design on their RGB ring for the Aer. It’s unique in it’s shape, but also looks like it will have a great glow around the entire shroud. The other bonus is the fact that the Aer can be controlled by the Hue+. While a hardware control can be nice sometimes, it also means having access to knobs or buttons that you can access on the outside of your case. The Hue+ allows software access to the lighting, making control a bit easier on top of giving more control options. Check out the full press release below and get excited for more glorious lighting in our PCs! Lighting is in the Aer NZXT launches Aer RGB, premium LED PWM fans Los Angeles, CA – September 13th, 2016 – NZXT proudly announces today the Aer RGB line of LED PWM fans combining premium illumination options with efficient cooling performance allowing users to build powerful and beautiful systems. Operated via HUE+ and fully customizable by using CAM software, Aer RGB fans are easy to install and operate while offering a wide range of lighting options. Furthermore, the fans can be conveniently daisy-chained and assigned to different groups, letting users set up custom illumination...



ENERMAX Launches the D.F.VEGAS Series with Self-cleaning Function

ENERMAX Launches the D.F.VEGAS Series with Self-cleaning Function September 13, 2016, Taoyuan, Taiwan – ENERMAX announces the extension of the D.F. series by adding two LED fans, D.F.VEGAS and D.F.VEGAS DUO. The D.F.VEGAS is a single blue color LED fan; the D.F.VEGAS DUO comes with 2-color LED (red and green). Both D.F. LED fans featuring the latest Dust Free Rotation technology can provide not only incredible lighting effects but also self-cleaning solution. Patented Dust Free Rotation (DFRTM) Technology for Self-cleaning The innovative DFRTM technology makes the fan to spin in reverse at the highest RPM set by the user for 10 seconds upon startup before it resumes to the normal operation. The DFR technology offers a smart self-cleaning solution to prolong the product lifetime and reduces the dust on radiator that gradually build-up throughout the time. Patented Adjusted Peak Speed (APS) Design Provides 3 RPM Ranges D.F.VEGAS and D.F.VEGAS DUO are also built with ENERMAX’s patented APS design, which enables users to individually widen or limit the fan’s RPM range according to the system configuration and requirements. The fans offer three different speed modes to provide the optimal cooling performance: Ultra Silent Mode, Silent Mode, and Performance Mode. Within the selected RPM range, the fans are controlled by pulse width modulation (PWM). This intelligent design gives users great flexibility in selecting the preferred fan speed to reach the balance between cooli...



Guide to Best Mid-Range Gaming PC for Overclocking

Introduction Our site name implies that we deal with nothing other than overclocking. Obviously it would be impractical to only cover overclocking news and reviews, but it means that overclocking is the driving force behind almost everything we do with computers. Even though I understand that there are some good reasons, I’ve noticed that it doesn’t feel like overclocking has been the mainstay of our site recently. It’s time to change that! I’m not saying we’re going to quit covering gaming mice (You have no idea!), but I want to start steering PureOC back to what we’ve always loved about building computers. I’ve seen a lot of guides online for finding just the right components in a computer build. I’ve never found one that satisfies the overclocker in me! Rather than trying to complain about everyone else’s decisions, I figured it was time we bring our own guides for building a PC with overclocking in mind. We’re going to start by listing the best components you need for a great mid-range computer, but I plan to expand this with a high-end and budget range guide as well in the future. Each category will have one selection, but we might throw in an honorable mention if we feel like it was a particularly close contest. With mid-range, we’re trying to stay under $1000 while trying to deliver a full quality 1080p experience. I think we can do that fairly well right now. How did we come to these decisions? Obv...



XIGMATEK puts a Pump in the Middle of a Radiator!?!

Ah, Twitter! Sometimes news is hiding in the depths of media that is hard to find, but my feed gives me a glimpse that leads to an interesting discovery. In this case, XIGMATEK showed off some prototypes for some CLCs at Computex that went mostly under the radar. Sadly, I feel like these units should’ve made more of a splash than they did, but I suppose we can start trying to rectify this problem. Let’s see what a radiator looks like with a pump in the middle of it! There’s is very little about these units so far. I basically saw a tweet from XIGMATEK, that led me to a Tek Syndicate Facebook post, that further led me to an article Google translate put into English for me. Some people are likely to blame patents for this design and it could be the case in this instance. However, XIGMATEK could seriously be onto something with their design. First, fans inherently move air away from their centers due to the laws of physics. This leaves a bit of a dead zone as far as airflow is concerned. Having the pump located at the center point of the rad is a great way to utilize space that isn’t as efficient to begin with. While the amount of heat generated from pumps is unlikely to be a concern, personal experience has taught me that when the pump isn’t on the block, the block is much easier to install. Outside of the possible performance ramifications, the design can work well for appearance also. The lack of a pump on the block allows for some easier aes...



SWIFTECH Unveils New Komodo Blocks for GTX 1080 & 1070

As expected, it didn’t take long to start seeing waterblocks on the market for NVIDIA’s new pascal GPUs. SWIFTECH is already killing it with their new Drive X2 series of AIO coolers, and the new Komodo waterblocks look like they’re no exception either. Since Pascal seems to have kept the overclocking potential of the previous generation, putting a 1080 or 1070 under liquid is bound to unlock a ton of potential. On top of all of that, SWIFTECH is using the ALED technology to add a nice flare to their design. Check out the full press release below for more info and pictures! Swiftech Unveils New Komodo Waterblocks for NVIDIA Geforce GTX1080 and GTX1070 Flagship Graphics Cards Long Beach, CA, June 12, 2016 – Rouchon Industries Inc., dba Swiftech® (OTC Pink Current: RCHN), today announced the release of their next generation Komodo waterblocks for NVIDIA Geforce GTX1080 and GTX1070 flagship graphics cards. “The Komodo product line is divided into two versions,” says Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech’s Chairman of the Board. “The competitive ECO line featuring an all acrylic housing and chrome base plate, and the Luxury Edition featuring an acrylic core, dressed with silky black aluminum top and back plates, chrome base plate, and lit with new generation multicolor ALED technology – that is compatible with the brand’s AIO light color controllers.” The addition of ALED technology to the Komodo waterblocks will allow enthusiasts to light up their e...



ENERMAX Announces the New DFR Technology with D.F.PRESSURE

ENERMAX Announces the New DFR Technology with D.F.PRESSURE April 28th, 2016, Taoyuan, Taiwan – ENERMAX transcend itself by develops the PC fan- D.F. PRESSURE. With the patented DFR (Dust Free Rotation) technology, it allows the fan to swiftly blow away dust in order to prolong the lifespan and APS (Adjustable Peak Speed) control to balance between cooling performance and silent operation. D.F.PRESSURE is definitely the best choice for PC cooling and gaming systems. Patented DFR (Dust Free Rotation) Technology Thanks to the DFR (Dust Free Rotation) technology, it offers a total solution for self-cleaning: prolong the product lifetime and extend the intervals for fan and system cleaning maintenance. The revolutionary DFR technology makes the fan to spin in reverse action at the highest RPM set by the user for 10 seconds upon startup before it resume to the normal operation. High Pressure Blades Design Due to the high pressure blade design, the blades accurately centralize dispersed airflow to the center zone and create extremely high air pressure up to 4.812mm-H2O,while maintaining noiseless operation. The high pressure blade comes from a precision circular arc design which generates high air pressure from the leading edge to trailing edge of the blade. D.F. PRESSURE can offer high air pressure for various of applications, including home PC, gaming PC, workstations and other industrial usage..  User friendly side switch with PWM function The new positioned side control ...



DEEPCOOL Launches Upgraded Captain EX Series

Liquid cooling is becoming a monster in the enthusiast realm. The good news is that we’ve seen some incredible innovations in the industry. The bad news is we’ve seen a bunch of copy cats and units that exist for the sake of existing. Thankfully, DEEPCOOL takes the closed-loop unit and makes it look like a gamer’s dream come true. The first Captain series had the perfect pump/block design, but opted for the corrugated tubing which took away from some of the visual flair it had. Now, DEEPCOOL has upgraded the Captain series with the EX suffix bringing some notable changes. The most welcome change is the braided sleeving on the tubes getting rid of that clunky corrugated look. Considering we have a nuclear reactor (some prefer the term “steam punk”) sitting on the CPU, the braided sleeving compliments the unit far better than before. On top of that, DEEPCOOL upgraded the fans to their Gamer Storm Series with the double blade. While the double blade may not add a significant performance benefit, it does add a significant aesthetic benefit. This continues to compliment the design of the rest of the unit and makes the Captain EX series stand out in comparison to any other CLC unit. On the flip side, the aluminum radiator and average looking pump strength are things that keep CLCs from performing on the level of custom loops. While the Captain EX series looks great, it’s bound to perform on a close level to other similar units. Overall, I real...






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