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  • Patriot Viper V570 Blackout RGB Gaming Mouse and Pad Review

    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...
  • Enermax MaxTytan 800W, RevoBron 700W Power Supply Review

    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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Creative Sound Blaster X7


Introduction Creative has some interesting products lately. They continue to innovate through design and audio quality. The X7 Is a USB DAC that was designed for audiophiles and audio enthusiasts.Lets dive into the world of audio through the X7, and see if stands to be the biggest, baddest , and boldest Sound Blaster yet. The specifications are as follows: Audio TechnologySB-Axx1™ Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)127dB (DAC) Connectivity Options (Main)microUSB Microphone : Built-in Stereo Mic 1 x 1/8″ (3.5mm) Mic In Line / Optical : 1 x RCA Aux/Line In 1 x TOSLINK Optical In 1 x TOSLINK Optical Out Speaker : 2 x Binding Post Passive Speaker Out (L/R) 1 x RCA Line/Front Speaker Out 1 x 1/8″ (3.5mm) Rear Speaker Out 1 x 1/8″ (3.5mm) Center/Sub Speaker Out Headphone : 1 x 1/8″ (3.5mm)Headphone Out 1 x 1/4″ (6.3mm)Headphone Out USB HOST : 1 x Type A USB Host Port – Device Audio Stream & Charging Max Channel Output5.1 Channels, Stereo Amplified Audio TechnologiesSBX Pro Studio, CrystalVoice, Scout Mode, Dolby Digital Technology MicrophoneMicrophone Type: Dual-array Noise Canceling Condenser SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Windows Intel® Core™2 Duo or AMD® equivalent processor (2.8 GHz or faster recommended) Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard Microsoft® Windows® 10 32/64-bit, Windows® 8.1/8.0 32/64-bit, Windows 7 32/64-bit, Windows Vista® 32/64-bit SP1 or higher 1GB RAM >600 MB of free hard disk space Available USB 2.0/3.0 port (High Sp...


 

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...


 

Introducing Aurora & Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic RGB LED-strips

Introducing Aurora & Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic RGB LED-strips BitFenix Aurora (10th August 2016): With simplicity and elegance in mind, BitFenix introduce you Aurora chassis, midnight black and artic white. Aurora is designed for high end aesthetically pleasing builds with water-cooled systems carrying an elegant theme of curved lines and glass windows with “BitFenix RGB Chroma Control” and “BitFenix SSD Chroma” certified by “ASUS AURA” letting you take control of the illumination of your system. BitFenix Aurora comes with two high quality tempered black glass windows on either sides. The left side glass is tinted crystal clear to give a premium look to the system while showcasing the high end hardware of your build. The right side is tinted completely dark to have your cable management behind motherboard tray hidden. With tempered glass panels, cable management need to be easy, and with the large space behind motherboard tray and cable tie brackets, Aurora provides excellent cable management room. Tempered glass panels are designed to be held to the chassis when removing the screw preventing accidental falling. Thus the user only need to support them while removing the screws.   “ASUS AURA” certified “RGB Chroma Control and SSD Chroma” are co-developed with Asus Republic of Gamers giving you the ability to customize the SSD illumination colors with “AURA RGB illumination” on motherboard and BitFenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic RGB LED colors. The controll...


Aerocool Displays All New Silent PC Chassis at Gamescom

Airbrushed PC Chassis Anyone? Aerocool Displays All New Silent PC Chassis at Gamescom DS-230: Dead Silence 230, Pure Silence and Elegance Win an airbrushed DS-230 – see it at Gamescom Gamescom 2016, COLOGNE, Germany – Aerocool Advanced Technologies Corp., a leading PC gaming hardware and accessories design company, announced today the new Dead Silence PC chassis to be exhibited at Gamescom from August 18th till August 21st in Cologne, Germany. Aerocool will display the all new Dead Silence 230 chassis (DS-230) at the joint-exhibition booth with Caseking in Hall 8.1 booth location B051. Both gamers and media partners will be able to take a close look at these and other new products from Aerocool, which are exhibited at Europe’s most popular exhibition for games and hardware. Pure Silence and Elegance: DS-230 raises the bar After the great success of the Dead Silence series with its DS Cube, DS 200, and the DS case fans, a new member joins the award winning high-end product line. The new DS-230 inherits great features from the DS-200, such as the elegant exterior design and the superior passive noise cancelling capabilities. Both side panels as well as the removable top-cover are equipped with two layers of noise cancelling materials. The chassis features a new LED illumination with seven colors and three lighting modes – always on, breathing or pulsating to choose from. The illumination is connected to the pre-installed PWM fan controller for six fans, which emits a...


BIOSTAR ANNOUNCES ITS COOLEST ITX BOARD YET: RACING B150GTN

BIOSTAR ANNOUNCES ITS COOLEST ITX BOARD YET: RACING B150GTN  Racing Series features in a small form factor August 11th, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR proudly announces the latest product to become part of the RACING series family of motherboards: the BIOSTAR B150GTN mini-ITX motherboard. This ultra-compact motherboard features all the best from the BIOSTAR RACING series with some new additions and packs them in its small form factor, perfect for gamers looking for a high-performance build with a small footprint, ready to take on the new games of today. Low-profile, Decked-out Features  The BIOSTAR RACING B150 GTN makes building powerful gaming PCs in the mini-ITX form factor more expressive and powerful thanks to the latest 6th-generation Intel Core processors, the RACING B150 GTN enables gamers to have the latest technology powering their systems for the best experience when they play. Next-generation storage via high-speed U.2 enables support for the fastest storage platforms of today to allow super-fast access to data so games load faster so you can get to the action quicker. The signature showcase feature that allows gamers to be able to show-off their personal style is back with the RACING B150 GTN with BIOSTAR’s exclusive VIVID LED DJ and 5050 LED FUN making it the world’s first mini-ITX motherboard with full RGB LED control for both onboard lighting and external lights. Both of these features allows customizable lighting for gamers who want a color-themed r...


Syber Gaming Delivers “M Series” VR-Ready Mid-Tower Gaming PCs Syber Gaming M Series

Syber Gaming Delivers “M Series” VR-Ready Mid-Tower Gaming PCs CITY of INDUSTRY, CA (August 11, 2016) — Syber Gaming, a division of Cyberpower PC, today announced delivery of its M Series – a family of four mid-tower gaming rigs that pump out the horsepower needed to survive in a virtual reality world. Every Syber M Series build has been designed to be VR-ready with the ability to power the leading VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive as well as play the latest titles and future game releases at their highest settings. The Syber M Series has models for every budget from the M Series Core at $799 to the M Series Ultimate – an $1899 VR beast that transports users into an amazing new world of games, video and images. The Syber Ultimate model is powered by Intel’s Core i7-6800k CPU and the NVIDIA GTX 1080 8GB, the most advanced gaming graphics card on the market. The GTX 1080 graphics card, based on NVIDIA’s new Pascal™ architecture, delivers up to three times the performance of previous-generation graphics cards, taking gaming and next gen virtual reality experiences to an entirely new level. Syber knows that graphics processing is the heart and soul of any VR-ready gaming PC. If the action does not keep pace with your motions, you could end up feeling queasy. Whether customers choose M Series Core or the M Series Ultimate with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 they will be assured their rig can pump out 90 frames per second, which is the standard fo...


ASUSTOR Announces Compatibility with Seagate IronWolf 10 TB NAS Hard Disks

ASUSTOR Announces Compatibility with Seagate IronWolf 10 TB NAS Hard Disks ASUSTOR announces that all of its NAS devices are compatible with Seagate’s IronWolf 10 TB hard disks, 6 TB Enterprise NAS hard disks and 10 TB Enterprise Capacity hard disks. Taipei, Taiwan, August 10th, 2016 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced today that, after stringent testing, all of its NAS products are fully compatible with Seagate’s newly launched IronWolf 10 TB NAS hard disks, 6 TB Enterprise NAS hard disks and 10 TB Enterprise Capacity hard disks. These hard disks are recommended for prosumers and enterprise users looking to create high capacity cloud storage solutions with ASUSTOR NAS. “The 24/7 availability of NAS devices needs to be combined with the latest hard disk technology in order to provide optimal performance and data protection for demanding enterprise environments, “ said Quote Lin, Director of Research and Development at ASUSTOR. “We are honored to have partnered with Seagate in this integration, completing compatibility testing for their new high capacity hard disks and providing our users with more options when creating high cloud storage spaces.” The Seagate IronWolf 10 TB NAS hard disks (model: ST10000VN0004) along with other models in the IronWolf series (1TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, 6TB, 8TB) are compatible with all ASUSTOR NAS devices. Users with 8 bay models and up such as the AS6208T, AS6210T, AS7009RD or ...


The Moment we’ve All Been Waiting For: Zen shows a 38% Performance Boost!

Alright! Go ahead and grab a tiny pinch of salt just in case, but something VERY exciting has surfaced and it’s about as legit as we can get until Zen’s actual release arrives. We’ve heard AMD talk about the 40% IPC gain for some time, but that doesn’t translate into a real world performance scenario. However, WCCFtech just picked up a benchmark that finally gives us a lot of hope for the CPU market next year. Apparently an Ashes of the Singularity Benchmark leaked that had the new Zen chip as the processor. The chip was an engineering sample so it was only running a 2.8 GHz base and 3.2 GHz boost clock. While the benchmark results were standalone, WCCFtech took the opportunity to bench other processors using a similar setup (The RX 480 being the other key piece). While this won’t be as accurate as a full review, the new Zen chip easily performed above an i5-4670K while still falling behind the i7-4790. Here’s the big deal though. Against the previous FX-8350, the Zen chip has almost a 40% performance increase in this benchmark! Granted, this is early and across two different systems, but this is a good sign that Zen is going to reach expectations. Another thing that makes this a pretty big deal is the fact that the clocks seem really low for the average CPU nowadays. It’s very likely that these clocks are going to be higher once the chip actually hits the market. Even a 20% boost on the current clocks will likely push the chip ahe...


SAMSUNG Micro SD EVO+ 256GB Memory Card Review


Introduction It doesn’t get old. The IBM 350 Disk File from the 1950s had fifty 24-inch platters to give it a total capacity of 3.75 megabytes. Today, we’re looking at a storage solution the size of my pinkie fingernail that can store 256 GB! Storage has certainly come a long way and micro SD cards never cease to amaze me with how much they cram into such a tiny package. What also amazes me is how well SAMSUNG has been doing lately. Even though they may not be the cheapest, I’ve found their EVO line of SSDs to be a go to choice when I want the best balance of cost, performance, capacity and dependability. I imagine that the Micro SD EVO+ with a crazy 256GB capacity will bring us much of the same as it’s SSD predecessors. We’ll look into that soon, but before we do, here’s a statement from SAMSUNG explaining what motivates their product design. For over 70 years, Samsung has been dedicated to making a better world through diverse businesses that today span advanced technology, semiconductors, skyscraper and plant construction, petrochemicals, fashion, medicine, finance, hotels, and more. Our flagship company, Samsung Electronics, leads the global market in high-tech electronics manufacturing and digital media. Through innovative, reliable products and services, talented people, a responsible approach to business and global citizenship, and collaboration with our partners and customers, Samsung is taking the world in imaginative new dire...


 

BE QUIET! Pure Power 9 600W


Introduction BE QUIET! continues to create exceptionally quiet products. They were awarded nine times in a row as manufacturer of the year in Germany while continuing to innovate. They create premium brand power supplies and cooling solutions for desktop PC’s. I’m going to be looking at one of their Pure Power series power supplies. This power supply is ideal for gaming, silent PC builds, and quiet multimedia home theater systems. Let’s see how silent this PSU can be, and see if it can provide enough juice for some decent overclocking. If you are not sure the amount of power your system needs, check out this PSU calculator on BE QUIET!’s site. The specifications are as follows: Engineering Two independent 12V-rails improve power signal stability Active Clamp + SR design improves efficiency and stability Four PCI express connectors for multi-GPU system configuration Full suite of top safety protections defends against over-currents, over- and under-voltages, short circuits, overheating and overloads High-quality sleeved cables simplify component installation, increase airflow and improve cooling All-in-one cable with convenient easy-plug HDD connector Energy Efficiency 80PLUS® Silver certification means very high operating efficiency for its class of up to 91% High efficiency means money savings, reduced waste heat, and overall quieter operation Standby drain of less than 0.11 watts Meets Energy Star 6.0 guidelines Fulfills ErP 2014 guidelines Zero ...


 



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