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    STEELSERIES Rival 700 Mouse and Apex M500 Keyboard Review

    Introduction I have no way to describe just how many mouse and keyboard options there are in the world today. I’m not talking about all of them either. I’m just talking about “gaming” mice and keyboards. The options have gone through the roof ...
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    HSPC XL-ATX Top Deck Tech Station Review

    Introduction If you swap out computer parts as much as I do, you learn to appreciate a tech station. The convenience of an open air test bench is brilliant. Highspeed PC is the true original of PC workbenches and for over a decade, they have been giving hardcore ge...
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    SAPPHIRE Nitro R7 370 Review

    Introduction It’s been a long wait for the day that I would get to review my first graphics card. Well, the wait is over and we’ll be looking at the SAPPHIRE Nitro R7 370 . With the RX 480’s release, as well as the 470 and 460 looming on the horizon...
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    AMD Athlon X4 845 Review

    Introduction Everyone may be waiting for Zen, but that doesn’t mean AMD doesn’t have a few more releases up their sleeves before the end of the year. The Athlon X4 845 is the latest budget minded chip to help pass the time until their new architecture arr...
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BIOSTAR Teams Up with Apacer and Thermaltake to showcase High-End Gaming Machines

BIOSTAR Shows-off Ultra Gaming Machines BIOSTAR Teams Up with Apacer and Thermaltake to showcase high-end gaming machines June 20th, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is proud to announce its ultra gaming machines in partnership with Apacer and Thermaltake. Built around a BIOSTAR RACING Z170GT7 motherboard, these systems are built for the latest games and feature high-performance components all brought together by BIOSTAR motherboards. BIOSTAR RACING Z170GT7 Basing on the new Super 5 Design Concept, the RACING Z170GT7 flaunts the best of the entire BIOSTAR RACING series with its latest motherboard design features. This includes the all new RACING IO armor, carbon-fiber design treatment on the heatsink, checkered flag PCB print on a matte black surface treatment and Titanium-color RACING audio shielding. The BIOSTAR RACING Z170GT7 motherboard features BIOSTAR’s VIVID LED DJ which allows users to customize the lighting on the board’s heatsinks and PCB to reflect their personal style. Allowing multiple custom effects, gamers can configure their BIOSTAR RACING motherboard with custom lighting effects such as permanent (static), breathe, shine or shine & music (sound-reactive) to give their gaming machines a unique personality. For convenience, the BIOSTAR RACING Z170GT7 also features GT Touch functionality, onboard buttons that allowing switching between the built-in modes to the motherboard featuring their own lighting profile. Thermaltake Core P5 Built for makers, the...


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

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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

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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...


ADATA Releases the A10050 Power Bank

ADATA Releases the A10050 Power Bank Mobile power, speed, and style from a new angle  Taipei, Taiwan – June 15, 2016 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launched the A10050 Power Bank. As the model name suggests, the device is rated for 10050mAh, capable of carrying 3.7 full iPhone battery charges. The A10050 features dual USB ports and synchronous charge/discharge for efficient battery top-up of two devices at once. Its stylish design employs the finest components and smart circuitry to provide multiple protective measures, made of highly durable materials to increase fire and impact resistance. A bespoke hairline-brushed aluminum texture and choice of four colors elevate the A10050 from merely practical to premium power on the go for smartphones, tablets, and other devices.   Quick and Efficient Charging The A10050 includes two USB ports, providing a total of 3.1A output (2.1A + 1A). The dual ports allow users to charge two devices simultaneously, saving precious time. The 1A port is ideal for smaller devices such as smartphones, while the 2.1A port has been included with tablets in mind. Additionally, the A10050 uses synchronous charge and discharge, meaning it can recharge devices while connected to a power source itself to ensure continuous, safe, and fast operation.   Built Durable Inside Out ADATA makes safety the leading priority with all products, and more so with power banks. ...


The Hardware Hound: CABLEMOD Giveaway

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Some of you have been asking where the PureOC giveaways have been. Well, we’re working on bringing them back with the Hardware Hound taking the task upon himself. We know, this isn’t one of our biggest ones, but we’re hoping this helps us get started on bigger and better events down the road. We want to give a huge thanks to CABLEMOD for making this possible for us! What’s being given away you ask? Well check out the video below for the full details on the prizes. After that, follow the entry form instructions to rack up entries from June 13th through June 24th. After that, we’ll contact the winners, make sure the prizes are claimed, and announce who won. We hope you enjoy this giveaway and good luck in securing a prize! PureOC and CableMod https://cablemod.com/


VIEWSONIC has FreeSync Monitors that are Super Affordable

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Those of you who bought 4k monitors last year, this article might not be for you. Those of you who think you MAYBE can spend $200 tops for a good monitor, listen up. AMD has helped many of us budget gamers play modern titles at reasonable settings and frame rates. However, many of us are probably squeezing by with a cheap panel that has a basic 60 Hz refresh rate with the hope that the colors look decent. FreeSync is the dream, but is there anything affordable? VIEWSONIC seems to be answering the call for gamers who don’t mind 1080p and the latest prices on Newegg are pretty fantastic. For $180 and two dollar shipping if you’re not in a hurry, you can get a FreeSync 27″ monitor. The thing is, while the panel is fairly new, the initial reviews are stellar. Out of the 7 total reviews across the three sizes, every one of them is 5 eggs. There is some minor complaints about the stand and speakers, but the quality meets the expectation for the amazing deal these panels are. The important part is that the panels seem to look great for gaming. If you haven’t had a chance to dive into FreeSync, it might be a good time to look into it. If size isn’t a major factor for you, then the 21.5″ is a shocking $110! These are exceptional deals for budget gamers but there’s no way to tell if these prices are going to be around for very long. Check out the links below and find out if this is the final piece to your ultimate gaming experience. 27″...


GIGABYTE Launches New X99 and 100 Series Designare Motherboards

GIGABYTE Launches New X99 and 100 Series Designare Motherboards Engineered with the latest technology to enable the designer in you City of Industry, California, June 3rd 2016 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards is proud to announce today its new X99-Designare EX and Z170X-Designare motherboards based on the Intel® X99 and Z170 chipsets with support for Intel’s 5th and, current, 6th Gen. Core™ processor, respectively. Intended to help the designers bring their projects to reality, the Designare motherboards offer a blend of the latest technologies that will ensure creativity is never placed on hold. Today’s content creators require finely tuned computers that can produce results fast and efficiently, and with the release of the Designare Motherboards, GIGABYTE provides motherboards that meet the needs of these content creators with the right mix of features. With support for DDR4, better compatibility with Intel’s 750 series NVMe SSDs, as well as support for USB 3.1 over USB Type-C™, the new Designare motherboards are an ideal choice for high performance PCs that will meet the needs of today’s digital artists and engineers. “We understand that the 3D modelers, engineers, and content creators of this world require the most advanced technology they can get their hands on to help create a better world,” commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “With the X99-Designa...


ROSEWILL Shows Cullinan Case and Tokamak PSUs at Computex

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I will always have a special place in my heart for budget friendly hardware. No matter how long I’ve been at this, I always seem to be the most excited for the component that hits the price/performance sweet spot. In that regard, ROSEWILL has impressed me on numerous occasions with such releases that maintain a very good quality as well. While scanning Twitter, I saw a glimpse of a case that I thought was a new design and after a quick email, my suspicions were confirmed. The Cullinan is a new mid-tower design that features a slick tempered glass finish on the side and front panels. In one shot, the LED lighting looks like something out of Star Trek. The case has an extremely elegant look to it while also being able to support an impressive amount of liquid cooling components. I can’t wait for more details on that, as well as some new Titanium rated PSUs (Tokamak) and a new RGB mechanical keyboard. Below is the full press release so you can catch up on a few more details. Rosewill to debut new gaming, PC components and home product series at Computex 2016 Press release [Wednesday 1 June 2016] Rosewill, a leading manufacturer of PC gaming gear, PC components and consumer electronics, has selected Computex 2016 to unveil the latest additions to the company’s expanding product lines, and will also introduce the company’s new gaming series logo, Rosewill Gaming. Rosewill’s products will be on display at the annual event held from May 31 – Ju...


GIGABYTE Announces New Motherboards and Brix at Computex

GIGABYTE Showcases New Motherboards and BRIX at Computex 2016 New Designare and Ultra Gaming Motherboards sets the standard for the Industry City of Industry, California, May 30th, 2016 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., A leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards is proud to present its new lineup of Ultra Gaming and Designare motherboards for the world to see. In light of the new Intel® 10-Core CPU, GIGABYTE has created three new X99 motherboards for users to experience the full power of this platform and not be limited by dated technologies. Those who are lucky enough to attend Computex 2016 will have the privilege to have an up close look at GIGABYTE’s Ultra Gaming Motherboards. These motherboards were designed to redefine the gaming experience, incorporating technologies that gamers from around the world have desired to see on a desktop system. Also among the Ultra Gaming Motherboards, GIGABYTE is also displaying a solution set built for Content Creators, Designers, and Artists, namely the Designare Motherboards. To witness what GIGABYTE has to offer this year, at the largest Asian ICT tradeshow, attendees can visit the Taipei World Trade Center, booth D0002 from May 31st until June 4th. Intel Releases the Latest in Multi-Core Computing Technology During Computex 2016 Intel® is debuting its latest and greatest Extreme Edition Processor. This processor is a 10-Core Desktop CPU which features improved compatibility and features such as Turbo Boost Max 3...


ECS Launches a Motherboard for a “More Civilized Age”

Computex is in full swing and there’s more hardware announcements than a news site can shake a stick at. Still, we cover what we can and what particularly caught my eye was the new Lightsaber board from ECS. While they aren’t known for gaming motherboards, this looks like a solid release from the company. The no frills layout will likely have less features than competing boards but it also has a good chance of being very cost effective. What’s important is what appears to be a solid VRM design with a good heatsink covering them. Add some RGB illumination and this is certainly a board an overclocker can be interested in, if the price is right. Check out the press release below for more info and a look at the new Liva mini PCs. ECS launches brand new LEET GAMING motherboard & LIVA mini PC @Computex 2016 Illumination LED and Killer Gaming network – Z170-LIGHTSABER, LIVA Pro with MINI STX solution [Taipei – Taiwan] Elitegroup Computer System (ECS) proudly introduces its brand new LEET GAMING motherboard Z170-LIGHTSABER and LIVA Pro mini-PC in 2016 Computex. Z170-LIGHTSABER adopts the Killer E2400 Gaming high-performance Gigabit Ethernet Controller that prioritizes bandwidth automatically to decrease gaming latency. It implements an independent power solution and Nichicon audio capacitors to provide better audio quality. In addition, it features Illumination LED with 7 colors to go well with your gaming components and chassis! ECS launches new LIVA mi...





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