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    Enermax Revolution DUO 700W Gold PSU Review

    Introduction 2017 is officially the year that I broaden my review horizons and begin diving into things I’ve never delve into before. Am I freaked out a bit? You bet I am! Am I excited about it though? Absolutely!!! So it begins with a new PSU review, courtesy ...
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    EpicGear Thunderouz and Melodiouz Gaming Headsets Review

    Introduction We’re down to the final review in our lineup of EpicGear peripherals. I’m not saying this is the last we’ll ever see of them here (and I certainly hope not), but this is the last products that I currently have in the works. We started w...
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    EpicGear Zora Gaming Mouse and Skorpios Bungee Review

    Introduction Here we are at round two of our EpicGear review lineup. The Defiant Keyboard with EG’s special brand of switches ended up impressing us quite a bit, so now let’s look at a mouse and a bungee design. The gaming mouse market is extremely hard ...
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    GEIL EVO X DDR4 RGB DDR4 3000 32GB Kit Overview

    Introduction Where to start? I have in my grubby little paws a set of GEIL EVO X DDR4 3000 32GB (2 x 16GB) sticks of RAM. As if that isn’t fantastic enough, it’s RGB lit! High Speed RAM and Glowy Bits. What’s not to like? First things first, let me ...
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Wait! Ryzen is Going to be a Success!!!

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We’re all biting our nails waiting for Ryzen to release, hoping that the worst doesn’t happen. Any leak that would give away the single-thread performance would go a long way to easing our minds, but I think I found the proof I needed and didn’t even put the pieces together until tonight. I’m going on a limb and saying that Ryzen is going to be a Success! Years ago, I wrote an article about Steamroller and CPU Benchmark. It was there that I saw that those cores would probably never make it to the FX series chips. I checked it out recently, saw some new stuff, and somehow didn’t put the pieces together right away. Did you know we already have an AM4 APU in the market right now? The AMD Pro A12-9800 is out and has a score on CPU Benchmark. Now, the A10-5800K released right at the same time as the FX-8350. As you’d expect, the 8350 has a tiny boost in single-thread performance over the 5800K. The A12-9800 is pushing a respectable 1900+ single-thread score! Is the puzzle starting to come together? This APU is still on the 28nm process and has a meager 2 MB L2 cache with no L3 cache. With Ryzen moving to a much smaller process, having much larger caches and an expected better architectural design, it’s no longer a stretch to believe this release is going to compete with Intel nicely. Did I just get excited? I certainly did! Tom Brady may have one the first Super Bowl that went into overtime, but I had more important things to do tonight...


A Walk Down Memory Lane: Baeca, Bulldozer and Zen

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Remember when off the wall rumors at the end of 2013 told us that AMD had a monster chip coming? Pepperidge Farms remembers! At the time, the rumor was so far fetched that nobody gave it a second thought. If you’re still a bit hazy on the details, check out the following link so you can get a refresher on it. http://www.eteknix.com/amd-phenom-iv-x12-170-baeca-25nm-cpu-leaked-has-12-cores-6-ghz-core-clock-and-am4-socket-compatbility/ The rumor seemed absolutely ridiculous, yet today we’re staring into the face of a CPU that has 8 cores, 16 threads and runs off of a meager 95W of power. Here’s why I think this rumor is interesting. Jim Keller rejoined AMD in 2012 to begin helping them redesign their architecture from the ground up and it was only a year later that this rumor surfaced. It’s extremely possible that Baeca was an early engineering attempt that, while being a failure in and of itself, was a crucial step towards bringing Ryzen to the market. Let’s take a journey and see what’s bringing us to one of the most anticipated releases in quite a while. For starters, let’s hop back on the Baeca train for a little bit. The term is pretty obscure, but a quick google search led me to an interesting horoscope definition. It’s the idea of someone who’s mind is going a mile a minute, always sees the lighter side of a situation and believes something new is always on the ho-“Ryzen.” Could be a coincidence, but the...


Ryzen AM4 Motherboards Resurface: Aorus, Titanium and Crosshair VI in the Mix

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For anyone looking for mini-ITX love today, I’m sorry I don’t have that for you. For those wanting to see AMD have high-end ATX motherboards again, I’ve got ya’ covered. AMD had a “Meet The Experts” webinar recently which revealed more details on the new AM4 boards coming with Ryzen. It’s been so long since we’ve seen fully up-to-date boards for team Red that I had to show off some of the great additions coming from Gigabyte, MSI and Asus. Let’s start off with Gigabyte’s big showing since this board already looks very impressive. If you’ve followed Gigabyte recently, you know they started a new branding of high end motherboards by putting them under the Aorus badge. It looks like the board from the slide is named the AX370 Gaming 5, which is interesting because that leaves room for even beefier boards down the road. I also say interesting because the Gaming 5 looks very impressive in its own right. A quick count indicates a 10 phase VRM, support for the new RGB fusion feature and other Aorus features like Smart Fan. Having been on AM3+ since Vishera, you can imagine I’m quivering with excitement at how excellent this board is looking in comparison. MSI is bringing their big guns to the designing table by introducing AM4 to their Titanium series lineup. Titanium is the overclocker’s dream in a lot of ways, but I still can’t get over how great that silver PCB looks on the design. It still see...


NZXT Aer RGB LED Fans Review

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Introduction We live in a new era. Some say it’s Trump’s America now, but I say that America belongs to RGB awesomeness! In fact, about the only component I can think of that doesn’t have RGB awesomeness built in is SSDs. Lighting schemes are getting better with more colors, easier integration for seamless coordination, and built into more components than ever before. NZXT has always managed to bring something great to the table and it seems like they’ve done it again with their new Aer RGB fans. These guys look great in pictures so following a quick look at the company, let’s dive right into what these bad boys (or girls if you prefer) can do. 13 YEARS OF SUCCESSFUL SERVICE CORE VALUES These are the principles that inspire our creativity, drive our decision-making, and guide us in bringing you the best PC gaming products possible. PURSUE PASSION WE ARE A COMPANY OF GAMERS CREATING THE BEST PRODUCTS FOR GAMERS. REVEL IN THAT. FOSTER COMMUNITY WORK AMONG FRIENDS. LISTEN TO AND SUPPORT OUR USERS. BOTH ENSURE OUR CONTINUED SUCCESS. DEMONSTRATE COURAGE GO BEYOND WHAT’S EXPECTED. DO NOT COMPROMISE OR FEAR MAKING MISTAKES. BE HUMBLE CONFIDENCE IS VITAL, BUT THERE’S ALWAYS MORE TO KNOW AND ACHIEVE. ACCEPT ACCOUNTABILITY WHAT WE THINK, SAY, AND DO MUST BE IN COMPLETE ALIGNMENT. OWN VICTORY AND DEFEAT. LOOK FURTHER GREAT IDEAS COME FROM ANYWHERE, NOT JUST OUR INDUSTRY. EXPAND WHERE YOU SEEK INSPIRATION.


 

HyperX Expands Sound by Expanding their Headsets: Cloud Revolver S

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I’m not an audiophile, but I’m beginning to think it’s only because I can’t afford to be one. Each time I get to hear a better quality listening experience, I’m blown away by the clarity and feel of the music I’m listening to. CES 2017 gave me one such experience while I was there and while I sort of mentioned it in the video, I wanted to point out that the HyperX Cloud Revolver S not only sounded great as expected, but I was really surprised by how well it’s 7.1 surround feature worked. Surround headsets haven’t impressed me that much until this point. They do seem to work well for games, but once you try to settle into a nice music listening session, the sound seems a bit hollow or too tinny. HyperX had a display of their Cloud Revolver S so I got to put it on, pick a song I knew and take in the experience. It blew me away! It seems that while the headset has the unique feature of being a plug-and-play Dolby 7.1 Surround unit, it’s also the feature that might be attributing to the amazing sound. The Cloud Revolver S relies on an external USB dongle that’s designed to support the surround feature, I can’t help but suspect that it’s playing a role in the general sound quality as well. Needless to say, the 50mm drivers themselves play a critical role, but the end result regardless of the causes is hard to argue with. HyperX certainly has a winner on it’s hands with this unit. Considering it was at...


The Hardware Hound’s Ultimate PC Case Design: Episode 2

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It seemed like yesterday I was starting this project, but a few reviews and a CES later and I realize that this could take a bit longer than expected. That said, the ultimate case design seems to be coming along nicely. Check out the latest episode below to begin seeing how the design is starting to pull together. Stay with us here at PureOC because we have a lot of product reviews on the way, including a new Z270 platform for benching. As always, huge thanks go out to NZXT for sponsoring my project. Take a moment to visit their site! https://www.nzxt.com/ Episode 1 Intro


FNATIC Clutch G1 Gaming Mouse Review

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Introduction Fnatic was the first company I ever reviewed when it came to keyboards and mice. As such, a product can get more leeway than intended because the reviewer doesn’t have as much to compare to. Today, the Flick is still on my desk because it turns out I just really like the feel of that mouse. It comes as no surprise then, that I was more than happy to take another look at a Fnatic product, the Clutch G1 Gaming Mouse. I might have some high expectations now, but we’ll see exactly how well their ergonomic approach is in this seriously over-crowded gaming mouse market. Once again, here’s a little bit of info about who Fnatic is.


 

OPSEAT has a Gaming Chair for You

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I was never a true believer in gaming chairs. Then I sat in one during CES that made every muscle in body breathe of sigh of pure ecstasy. Picking up a good gaming chair seems like an easy task, but after seeing several $300+ price tags, I began to realize that while I probably SHOULD pick up a chair that would benefit my general physical well-being, I could also choose to buy a GTX 1070 instead. Thankfully, I stumbled across a new company looking to help fill the gap between cheap throwaways and premium price tags with OPSEAT. OPSEAT might be a new name for you and it’s no surprise considering they look like they were founded in 2015. Looking through their website, they aren’t making any outstanding claim to fame, but rather telling prospective buyers about the build quality and normal features of the chair. While the Amazon review count is still fairly small, the ratings are very favorable and it seems most, if not all customers are very happy with the product. The big reason to bring it up is the $220 price tag. That’s a good price for a chair that seems to be checking the comfort box well. I’ve heard of some coupon codes that dropped that to an even $200. At that price, it’s hard to argue with what’s happening here. OPSEAT may not have a unique feature that separates it from every other gaming chair out there, but they seem to have a really good balance of cost and quality. Some of the main feature trades I noticed were a shorter w...


How did I miss this Intel Pentium Chip!?!

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Let me start off by saying that a large part of the “how” is the fact that things have been quite busy as of late. That said, I still have to wonder how I missed this release!!! Intel has been upping their game in the budget sector and the Kaby Lake Pentium series are bound to open up great budget opportunities for those trying to make affordable gaming rigs. Computer Base did some pretty extensive testing of the Pentium G4560 and the results are rather impressive for a chip that is extremely cost effective. The review article isn’t in English, so I figured I should mention that you might want to use a browser that has a translation feature for the link below. That said, the graphs easily show what’s happening with this chip. While the FX-6300 has long been my favorite budget CPU, Intel really changes everything with a dual core design that can outperform a 6 core chip. When you consider that the price on this guy is $64, it’s hard to argue against recommending it, even if the 6300 can be overclocked. The hidden secret that’s giving these great performance numbers is the fact that these Pentium chips introduced hyper-threading to the dual-core design. That little bit of extra data piping adds a solid amount of extra performance, while still keeping the chip at an extremely cost effective price point. The single core performance has always been great so gaming rigs and workstations alike will see a huge benefit to using the G4560 in walle...


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.





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