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    Introduction It’s only a matter of time before mice evolve into sentience and begin taking over the world. I’m not talking about the rodents! There are just SO many gaming mice out there, that I’m fairly confident they’ll bring on the robot ap...
  • Rosewill Neon K85 RGB Mechanical Keyboard

    Introduction Many a tech website will say, “once you go mechanical, you never go…back-chanical,” or something similar to that. Don’t quote me. There is, however, something to be said about moving up from brittle hinges on chicklet keys to meta...
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    Introduction Power Supplies are one of the most critical components in computer systems, which is why it’s so sad that they’re also one of the most easily overlooked components. Stable and clean power should be a top priority for any high end system, yet ...
  • 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...
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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...


 

INTEL Kaby Lake has a 40% Single Thread Performance Boost!?!

When it comes to overclocking leaks, I’ve learned to take those with huge grains of salt. Websites love finding these ridiculous clock speeds and getting our hopes up that this is going to be the new normal for overclockers, until we find out that overclocking is pretty standard in the reviews after release. (Btw, Guilty!) On the other hand, preliminary benchmark leaks are usually close to what to expect when a CPU actually releases. If what Geekbench is showing is true, then Kaby Lake is about to blow everyone’s mind, but I’m gonna hold a bit of irritation for what this could mean about the previous generations. WCCFTech has an article showing the INTEL i7-7700K scoring a 6131 in single and 20243 multi-core scores. This ends up being a massive 40% increase over Skylake in the single thread department. The multi-core score is a 20% increase. This is the kind of thing people who’ve been holding on to the 3770Ks have been waiting for. What’s upsetting is the fact that INTEL managed to pull this out of the hat at the perfect time when Zen was about to release. This begs the question, “Has INTEL purposely been slamming minor 10-15% increases down our throat simply because they wanted to make more money?” I could be completely wrong on this, but there’s no escaping the feeling that team blue has been cash grabbing consumers for the simple reason that they could, rather than taking the high road of trying to push the boundaries wi...


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 Releases the S340 Elite and Internal USB Hub

As the old saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” NZXT takes that saying to heart in what seems to be the best ways. Take VR for example. There are some features that can really help a case cater to that market, but that doesn’t mean a company has to completely redesign the wheel. The S340 Elite fits perfectly into this category, but that didn’t stop NZXT from adding extra improvements as well. For starters, the Elite adds a gorgeous tempered glass window for the side panel. Glass can pick up finger prints, but it’s really easy to clean with some window cleaner. It adds a classy touch to what is considered a workhorse of a case to begin with. There’s a magnetic puck to hold headsets and NZXT also improved the cable management system inside. Reviews will give us a better idea how well that works, but I have a feeling that it’s going to be a very welcomed improvement. On top of all of that, NZXT is giving us a new internal USB hub so you can be sure to have room for expansion. Check out the full press releases below for the rest of the details and check out the new VR ready case for yourself. S340 Elite When awesome gets even better: meet the S340 Elite Full-tempered glass side panel and virtual reality connectivity takes NZXT’s award-winning mid-tower to elite status. Los Angeles, CA – September 27, 2016 – NZXT today announces the S340 Elite, the most refined and elegant S340, that expands upon the mid-tow...


ViewSonic XG2703-GS Gsync Monitor Review


Introduction ViewSonic is a company that is about customer focus and quality. If you’re curious about the three birds; They are Gouldian Finch Rainbow birds. These birds represent eye-catching colors and are a visual beauty. When James Chu founded ViewSonic he used these birds for the companies logo to symbolize beauty, color, and quality. ViewSonic has some very appealing monitors today and they have come a long way from when they started in 1990. There is nothing better than feeding a high-end GPU a high-end monitor. If you have a relatively new graphics card, you’re going to want a high-end monitor. With features like high refresh rates, better color quality, and stunning resolutions, the difference can be seen and felt. ViewSonic was primarily selling FreeSync monitors, which are for AMD cards. FreeSync was developed to compete with Nvidia’s Gsync technology. These technologies were developed to combat against screen tearing and the input lag that comes from Vsync. Today I will be looking at ViewSonic’s XG2703-GS, which is the companies first Gsync monitor. Let’s see what this monitor has to offer as far as features and if the technology it offers is worth your investment.


 

Did D-LINK just Release a Nearly Perfect Gaming Router?

I think I can categorize wireless routers into two categories. Category A is cheap, limited hardware, but with an intuitive user interface. Category B is expensive, great hardware, but more settings than the average user wants to muddle through. While I’m not saying that good middle-of-road options don’t exist, I haven’t seen one that excites me nearly as much as what I just found. I’m not entirely certain when the DIR-869 AC1750 EXO released, but it feels like it just popped up out of nowhere. D-LINK may have offered us the best balance of performance to cost with this one. It turns out that both the DIR-879 and 869 were unveiled at CES earlier this year. While the 879 released in the first quarter, the 869 wasn’t supposed to release until the second one. I’m only bringing it up now because while scouring Newegg for the host of reasons I have to scour Newegg, a banner scrolled this by and I had to find out what was going on. It was the $119.99 price that really caught my eye. Considering this unit has AC wireless, a dual core processor, beam forming and intelligent QoS, the price seems like an excellent deal. The other nice thing about this router is the user interface. I recently purchased a D-LINK DIR-842 in an attempt to not only smooth some online gaming experiences out, but try yet again to get some better wireless coverage in my house. It was the first router that met and even exceeded my expectations. The new user interface is gr...


SAMSUNG is Killing it Again with the New 960 Series SSDs

If there’s one thing we should all know by now, always expect SAMSUNG to outdo themselves. Their 950 Pro NVMe SSDs were already blistering fast, but apparently that wasn’t enough for them. Today, SAMSUNG announced the latest in the SSD lineup, the 960 Pro and the 960 Evo. If being faster isn’t enough, the price on the EVO is looking pretty enticing as well. I nearly had a heart attack when I saw sequential read and write speeds of 3,500 MB/s and 2,100 MB/s respectively. Of course, we’ve come to expect that on the Pro series. I shouldn’t be that surprised, but the Evo line comes in at 3,200 MB/s and 1,900 MB/s! This has been a trend for the Evos for a while, but I’m still slightly shocked how close that performance is to the Pros. The 960 Pro will be available in up to a 2 TB capacity while the 960 Evo will only reach a 1 TB capacity for the time being. What really caught my eye was that starting cost for the Evo. The recommended retail is $130 which is really good for an NVMe M.2 drive. No doubt that will be for the 250 GB option, but if that trend holds pretty closely for the 500 GB drive, we might see a price around $250. That’s really affordable considering the Evo is faster than most M.2 drives on the market right now by a good margin. Needless to say I’m excited about this release. If you want the full details, check out the rest of the press release below. Samsung Electronics Accelerates the NVMe Era for Consumers wit...


STEELSERIES Siberia 350 Gaming Headset Review


Introduction We’re bringing STEELSERIES back to the forefront again, but this time we have a headset to review instead of a mouse and keyboard combo. Even though this company is new to PureOC, they impressed us with some excellent quality and exceptional software. However, sound is a completely different playing field compared to input peripherals. The Siberia 350 has a lot of competition to stand up against so we better take a long hard look at how it does in person. We’ll get right into it soon, after a quick word from the manufacturer. WE ARE GAMING SteelSeries has fueled the gaming industry by creating innovative new products, designed specifically for eSports and passionate gamers everywhere. RELENTLESS INNOVATION Here at SteelSeries, we are obsessed with “firsts”. Dating back to 2001, our company was formed to meet the surface needs of hardcore gamers by introducing the first glass mousepad, the Icemat. Since that original innovation, we created the first mechanical gaming keyboard, the first suspended headband for gaming headsets, the first World of Warcraft mouse and endless other innovations. SteelSeries is dedicated to building products that push professional gaming further than anyone dreamed. Those innovations make gaming more competitive and more fun for gamers everywhere. INSPIRING DESIGN Our fans, customers and professional eSports teams demand the ultimate performance from SteelSeries. We combine the necessity of professional-grade quality ...


 

NIXEUS Revel Gaming Mouse Review


Introduction Alright, everyone! I think I’m getting over the fact that there’s a massive surge of unstoppable gaming mice that are overrunning the planet right now. My anxiety levels are calming down a bit. In that light, I proudly bring to you yet another mouse review. At least this time, we have a different manufacturer from my previous reviews so we can see how well they play their hand at entering one of the most crowded markets in the existence of PC hardware. NIXEUS may not be a name you’ve heard of, but they seem to be on the right track with many of their releases. We’ll see if the Revel Gaming Mouse meets expectations, but let’s tune into a brief statement about the company first. Established 2009 in Los Angeles, California – Nixeus Technology is an American company, brand and manufacturer specializing in computer monitors, peripherals and consumer electronics. Our products are trusted and used by Fortune 500 companies, Financial Institutions, Universities, NASA, and various government agencies. Founded by executives with extensive knowledge and experience in the consumer electronics and PC gaming industry – we are committed to producing premium quality products to create an immersive experience for entertainment, business and productive applications. If you’d like a further break down, follow the link here to see more about NIXEUS.


 

LOGITECH C920 Pro Webcam Review


Introduction LOGITECH has been designing peripherals to help others enjoy a better experience since 1981. They started with the mouse and reinvented it several times over the years. They have since expanded into other devices like webcams. I will be looking at the C920 webcam from Logitech, which is labeled as one of the first webcams to support 1080p for video calling. Webcams can also be an important part of your gaming setup; even as much as a game controller nowadays. Live streaming has become extremely popular making a webcam a welcomed device for more than video chatting. Let’s see if this webcam can handle streaming video, audio, and the quality it claims. System Requirements Compatible with: Windows® 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 or later Works in USB Video Device Class (UVC) mode: Mac OS 10.6 or later (HD 720p on FaceTime for Mac or other supported video-calling clients; Full HD 1080p video recording with QuickTime Player) Chrome OS™ Android v 5.0 or above (with supported video-calling clients) USB port Internet connection Warranty Information 2-Year Limited Hardware Warranty Package Contents Webcam with 6-foot cable User documentation Technical Specifications – Full HD 1080p video calling (up to 1920 x 1080 pixels) with the latest version of Skype for Windows – 720p HD video calling (up to 1280 x 720 pixels) with supported clients – Full HD video recording (up to 1920 x 1080 pixels) – H.264 video compression – Built-in dual st...


 



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