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AMD Radeon Releases the 500 Series Graphics Cards and Relive 17.4.3 Driver

It looks like the GPU wars are about to heat up again! I know the big reveal we’re waiting for is Vega, but those of you wanting to see Polaris refined before jumping in have good news with the Release of the 500 Series. Based on a quick look at reviews, it looks like the Polaris refresh has boosted clockspeeds and smoothed out performance, but it does use a bit more power and still doesn’t have a ton of overclocking headroom. On the other hand, Radeon is doing a great job of showing off other beneficial features. In the slide presentation, Radeon Relive, Chill and FreeSync are all pointed out. Having used Relive to do some video capture myself, I can say it worked really well in helping me grab a section of gameplay for one of my videos. Chill definitely helped idle down my R9 290s and FreeSync is so affordable, it’s really hard for me not to recommend an AMD GPU based on the monitor pairings alone. There are a ton of details so check out the press release info below, not only for the 500 series but also the new driver, as well a gallery of the slide presentation. RadeonTM RX 500 Series: The Most Compelling Graphics Card Upgrade Yet Designed with the perfect balance of performance and features for the 9 out of 10 gamers that play on outdated graphics cards SUNNYVALE, Calif. — April 18, 2017 — Today AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) introduced the RadeonTM RX 500 series, a new line of graphics cards featuring a powerful combination of improved game performance, high...



Liquid GPU Cooling for the Masses? NZXT Releases the Kraken G12

CLCs (Closed-Loop-Coolers) are all the rage today and quite honestly, I’m a pretty big fan of them. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the performance and quality in a custom cooling loop, but CLCs make liquid cooling extremely easy for a wide range of builders out there. GPUs can also benefit immensely from liquid, but installing loops on video cards can be a bit trickier. It looks like NZXT is trying to help with the release of their Kraken G12 mounting kit. Not only does it look pretty simple, but the concept of turning a CPU cooler into a GPU one is a great idea, especially when it’s compatible with multiple products. The idea behind the G12 is genius when you think about it. NZXT simply designed a bracket that clicks on to the pump head, just like the one that typically comes with units like the Kraken. When you realize that many CLCs share the same OEM in Asetek or CoolIT, it makes sense that NZXT could pull this off. Top the unit off with a fan to help keep the rest of the video card components cooled down and you have a pretty simple way to put a high end graphics card under liquid. I’d still recommend using a Kraken unit with that awesome RGB mirror design, but you might be able to re-purpose an older CLC you have lying around. If you still want more details on the Kraken G12, check below for features, images and a link to NZXT’s site. The asking price of $29.99 seems like a pretty great deal as well. Let us know what you think in the...



UNIGINE Superposition Benchmark is released!

We have a new GPU benchmark to test the merit of our latest graphics cards. Unigine is kn0wn for Heaven and Valley, but I imagine Superposition will be the next face of the developer. Check out the press release and image gallery below! APRIL IS WHEN THINGS HEAT UP FOR YOUR GPU! Overclockers all over the world are stocking up on liquid nitrogen. Suppliers are limiting shipments to one liter per customer. Why? Because it’s official: the new Superposition benchmark has been released! A long awaited next-gen benchmark to replace Heaven and Valley. You think, you’ve maxed out on hardware? Want to see your brand new GPU heat up into a ball of blue plasma? Go ahead, try it — launch Superposition. See what real GPU stress looks like. Find out what your rig is really capable of. Download the Superposition benchmark now! Superposition benchmark continues the line of GPU benchmarks by UNIGINE used by tens of millions people around the world. Superposition is a new-generation benchmark tailored for testing reliability and performance of the latest GPUs. Top-notch visuals, support for VR-devices and an interactive mode with mini-games — the list of features built into Superposition could go on and on. A GPU-benchmark is a program designed to test the performance of a computer’s GPU. You can use it to determine the power of your GPU or to compare the performance characteristics of several different GPUs. Superposition also comes packed with other features and functionalities....



Radeon Software Powers Gamers & Creators with Day Zero Support for Windows 10 Creators Update

AMD published its latest drivers, Radeon Software Driver 17.4.2 and Radeon Pro Software Driver 17.4.2, designed specifically for the release of Windows 10 Creators Update by Microsoft. Windows 10 empowers the creator in all of us to dream big. The Creators Update not only spurs creativity in 3D and mixed reality, letting professionals add upcoming Windows Mixed Reality apps to their workflows – but also enables every gamer to be a broadcaster while getting the most amount of performance out of their Radeon graphics card. The Creators Update has new features for gamers and professional alike, including: Gamers: Improved High Dynamic Range (HDR) Support: With new games supporting HDR and the future release of Radeon FreeSync 2 monitors, HDR is becoming a standard. Delivering lifelike gaming with vibrant colors, HDR shows more detail and realistic lighting effects without compromising shadows. With Windows 10 Creators Edition, HDR can now be enabled within all applications. Windows Game Mode: Designed to give the best performance and gaming consistency while using Windows 10, Game Mode allocates more CPU and GPU resources to the application in the foreground, leading to a 2 to 5 percent increase in performance. Games will also still be compatible when in full screen, borderless full screen or windowed mode. Professionals: More Robust Security: The Windows 10 creator update adds new tools designed to keep sensitive IP secure on your workstation, including the new Windows De...



I Got Hit Hard by this April Fool’s Joke

MAN! They got me good!!! This could very well be one of the best implemented April Fool’s jokes I’ve been taken by, ever! I’ve been planning this article for five days!!!! Hats off to WCCFTech for a great joke, kinda mad at myself for getting had, and we’ll catch ya later. =D (Here’s an excerpt of what I had begun writing…) “A few days back, some slides for AMD’s upcoming Vega architecture leaked, pointing to a few interesting details about what to expect. Needless to say, a lot of this looks really exciting, especially considering that Nvidia has offered strong competition on their end. The slide deck is posted below, but I want to point out a few details on what I’m expecting from the info that was presented. The first informational slide points to 2x faster performance than the competition. That is one heck of a bold claim and one that can easily over-hype what’s actually going on. If I was to guess based on the game titles presented, this is probably performance related specifically to the Vulkan API……” http://wccftech.com/vega-teaser-slides-leak-nda/



Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.4.1 Release

This release adds new product support for the Oculus’ Asynchronous Spacewarp (ASW) feature as well as the SteamVR Asynchronous Reprojection feature. This release will also add support for new display connection technologies for Radeon products as well as stability/quality fixes for end user issues. For more information on RSCRE 17.4.1 and the above highlights please see the release notes below. http://support.amd.com/en-us/download



Nvidia Does it Again! GTX 1080 Ti for Ultimate Gaming Performance

People at this site might think I’m a fanboy of a certain company if they follow me long enough. While I understand that entirely, you have to realize I have a huge sense of awe in what Nvidia has done over the years. They have graphics cards that cost a bit more, but they also have performance and quality that merits it. Even the 4 GB GTX 970 controversy seemed more like one of those occasional oversights to me than a company trying to pull one over on consumers. The GTX 1080 Ti is the pinnacle of Pascal technology and if I had $700 free and clear, you know I’d own one! By now, we understand the basic concepts of Pascal. We have excellent power efficiency, great gaming power, and the same type of overclocking potential Maxwell had. A couple of standout features the 1080 Ti has is a total of 11 GB GDDR5X memory, 3584 CUDA cores and a 7 phase VRM design that I’m sure some OEMs will improve upon. It’s a beast of a card and what’s becoming a usual trend for Nvidia now, is the fact that it offers some really good value compared to its Titan predecessor. Check out Nvidia’s site at the link below for more details and remember, I’m a fanboy of great hardware first and foremost! https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/products/10series/geforce-gtx-1080-ti/?nvid=nv-int-g7-8270



RTG Releasing ReLive 17.1.1 Driver Today

As promised a long time ago, AMD is keeping up with it’s continuous release of updated drivers and consistent bug fixes. Check out the notes below to see if you have a specific issue being addressed. You can download it at amd.com as soon as it’s available.



CES 2017: RBT, Samsung, Nvidia, Intel

This is it, the last bit of our coverage of CES 2017. We’ll have one more piece that will go through our top picks, but this is the last of the show floors we were able to get to. We had a mouse that’s trying to put an end to carpal tunnel, some great storage and monitor solutions from Samsung, the HDR display I’ve been dreaming of and some better explanations of what is going on with the architecture in Kaby Lake. CES 2017 was a great show and it sets us up for a great looking year for PC hardware. As always, feel free to leave your comments about what you loved in the forums and keep checking PureOC for more upcoming news and reviews!



CES 2017: Geil, Deepcool, MSI, AMD Ryzen and Vega

CES 2017 coverage marches right along with another great set of show floors from some great companies. Geil showed off some excellent peripherals, Deepcool blew our minds with awesome looking cases and fans, and MSI continues to deliver great motherboards. However, we finally got to catch up with AMD and get a solid look at what to expect with the Ryzen and Vega releases. We have a little bit longer to wait before full specs arrive, but confidence is certainly rising in what team Red is trying to deliver. As always, check out the video below for the full details and don’t forget to leave some comments in the forums!



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 ...



RADEON Releases Crimson Edition 16.10.1

AMD has an October update with some new Crossfire profiles, a few bug fixes and support for recent titles. Check out the details below! The driver will be up shortly so check back at http://support.amd.com/en-us/download for the update.



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...



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...



BIOSTAR Equips Gamers for VR Gaming Experience with GeForce GTX 1080 Graphics Card

BIOSTAR Equips Gamers for VR Gaming Experience with GeForce GTX 1080 Graphics Card  Experience Virtual Reality and Ultra High-Definition Games with the latest BIOSTAR Graphics Card July 19, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is proud to announce its latest graphics card, the BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1080. Designed for the latest generation of games and gaming experiences, the GeForce GTX 1080 takes gaming to the next level with performance and efficiency that beats everything before it featuring the all-new Pascal GPU architecture fabricatedon the 16nm FinFET process technology. The BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1080 will have an MSRP of USD799. The BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1080 features the GP104 GPU sporting 2560 CUDA cores and runs with a base core clock of 1607Mhz. Featuring GPU Boost 3.0, the BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1080 can run up to 1733Mhz and features 8GB of GDDR5X video memory connected a 256-bit bus interface.   The BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1080 is intended for use for today’s demanding graphics application including next-generation virtual-reality experiences. With thrice the performance of last-generation’s graphics cards, the new GTX 1080 makes gaming in ultra high-definition a much more fluid experience. The card features NVIDIA’s gamer-inspired cooler intended to keep the card running at optimal temperatures while keeping noise levels to a minimum. The GTX 1080 has a rated TDP of only 180W while still delivering three times the performance of previous graphics card from earlier g...






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