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    be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11

    Introduction I have reviewed quite a few bequiet! products lately. The modern world of high technology requires constant refinement to advance. Today I will be looking over the 80PLUS Platinum certified Dark Power Pro 11 1000W power supply. Could it be the most tec...
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    DREAM MACHINES DM1 Pro S Gaming Mouse Review

    Introduction I want to point this intro in another direction. I really do! But there’s just SO many gaming mice!!! I’m beginning to think it’s easier to start a mouse company than it is to become a debt buyer. A quick look through Amazon will tell ...
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    CRUCIAL MX300 750GB SSD Review

    Introduction If you don’t own an SSD by now, you really should. Nothing is quite as satisfying as seeing Windows boot up in mere seconds, versus the half a minute or more it sometimes takes with traditional hard disk drives. Solid State used to be pretty pricey...
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    ASRock Z170 Gaming K6+

    Introduction   ASRock specializes in the field of motherboards, and they strive to build a quality product through concept and design. I will be looking at one of their Z170 boards which has carried over into their Fatal1ty gaming line. The Gaming K6+ which is aimed...
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Introducing the Define Nano S to Modding Headquarters

Introducing the Define Nano S to Modding Headquarters Fans from around the world show good things come in small packages With dozens of MODs already shown off. Fractal Design today is proud to announce the expansion of our ever growing Modding Headquarters. Our Define S has been treated with the upmost love by users from all around the world showing just what you can do with the model. With a new dedicated page for the recently released Define Nano S, we show the amazing capabilities of our smallest Define case yet. Define Nano S Modding Page If you’ve got an exquisite build or completely customized your Fractal Design case. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at modding@fractal-design.com About Fractal Design Without a doubt, computers are more than just technology – they have become an integral part of our lives. Computers do more than make living easier, they often define the functionality and design of our homes, our offices and ourselves. The products we choose represent how we want to describe the world around us and how we want others to perceive us. Many of us are drawn to designs from Scandinavia, which are organized, clean and functional while remaining stylish, sleek and elegant. We like these designs because they harmonize with our surroundings and become nearly transparent. Brands like Georg Jensen, Bang Olufsen, Skagen Watches and Ikea are just a few that represent this Scandinavian style and efficiency. In the world of computer components, there is...


BIOSTAR Debuts G300 Series Solid-State Drives

BIOSTAR Debuts G300 Series Solid-State Drives High-performance storage designed for powerful next-generation gaming experiences August 2nd, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is proud to announce its latest product series targeted for power users and gamers looking for high-performance storage: BIOSTAR announces the debut their G300 series of solid-state drives (SSD). With the current trend of enthusiasts switching to SSDs for faster storage performance especially for eSports and the gaming market where performance is a key consideration, SSDs are the top choice for gamers versus traditional hard disk drives. With SSDs, games and level load faster, the system is more responsive and you spend more time gaming. The Preferred Gaming Storage With SSDs growing in popularity as the preferred storage for gaming PCs due to their faster performance, gamers are becoming more and more stringent in their buying decisions because of the large selection of SSDs in the market. All SSDs offer better performance than conventional mechanical hard disk drives but not all SSDs are the same. BIOSTAR has decided to focus on the gamers and power-users’ needs in creating their first solid state drive dedicated specifically for the needs of this people. The BIOSTAR G300 series SSD has been designed from the ground-up to create the perfect storage specifically for gaming. Go Faster, Go with BIOSTAR G300 Series SSD While hard drives are offering larger and larger storage space, there are instances w...


VIEWSONIC VX2757-MHD 27″ FreeSync Monitor Review

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Introduction How many of you feel like you always need a better monitor, but all of your cash ends up going to your computer parts first? Since I can’t see a raise of hands, I’m going to assume I’m not the only one. The reality is, the monitor is a crucial part of the computing, and especially the gaming, experience. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to throw the extra cash into a powerful GPU and think that you’ll get the better monitor a bit later. Ideally, it would be nice to get a great gaming experience at a cost that would let you have the great GPU as well. VIEWSONIC may be coming to the rescue of gamers everywhere with some incredible prices on their lineup of FreeSync monitors. We’re going to detail the VX2757-MHD, a 27″ 1080p monitor to see how well it measures up in a pretty crowded market. While the company may be familiar to many, we’ll still take a quick look at their core statements to get an idea of the purposes behind their designs. Mission Statement To be the preferred global brand of Visual Solution products. ViewSonic is dedicated to meeting the needs of our customers, generating profitable growth through efficient operations and delivering value to our shareholders. Core Values Customer Focus We meet our customers’ expectations with superior products, customer service and industry knowledge. Integrity We act like owners: taking the initiative, encouraging innovation, setting challenging goals, and ...


 

Where’s the HDR Monitors Already?

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I’ve been across a lot of forums and comment sections that talk about 4K being the future, followed by 8K after that when it comes to monitor technology. However, if you do the math for what pixels the human eye can actually see, 1440p is all anyone should ever need. Why is 4K so much better then? The answer lies in what colors the pixels can actually reproduce. Because of this, more pixels end up looking better color wise once they’re grouped up, even though the human eye can’t discern the individual pixels at a normal viewing distance. The patches of color start showing more variance at higher resolutions, tricking us into thinking it’s the higher resolution itself that’s better. AMD stated at CES, earlier this year, that we need better pixels. While the human eye may not work well compared to the magnifying focus of an eagle eye, what it can see as far as the range of colors is concerned is pretty amazing. If pixels aren’t reproducing colors to the extent that the human eye can see them, shades blur together making images look flat, rather than vibrant and varied. This is where High Dynamic Range (HDR) comes into play. HDR can almost reproduce all the colors the human eye can see on an individual pixel basis. This means that a 1080p monitor can actually look better than a 4K that isn’t using HDR. Some of you may be reading this and thinking that it sounds good on paper, but that doesn’t mean it will actually translate to ...


STEELSERIES Rival 700 Mouse and Apex M500 Keyboard Review

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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 and all you have to do is try a quick Amazon search and you’ll have enough mice to send the black death sweeping through Europe again! Needless to say, the eSports phenomenon has had a huge part in bringing many a design from many a company. Today, we’re going to look at a new company for PureOC by reviewing a mouse and keyboard from SteelSeries. Do they have what it takes to stand out? We’ll dive into that further, but I can say that their social media presence and website appearance are already off to a good start. Let’s look at a quick word from their site so we can get a feel for what motivates their product designs. 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 innovation...


 

Hound Advice: Setting up a UEFI RAID

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Hey everyone! The Hardware Hound is back with a little more “Hound” Advice. RAIDs can be very impractical for normal everyday use, but that doesn’t stop some of us from wanting one anyways. However, if you deal with very large files, then RAIDs can be a mainstay of your builds to help increase performance or add redundancy to your data. Check out the video below to see how to set up a RAID that can also take advantage the UEFI boot for Windows. As always, let us know in the comments below, or in the forums, if there’s something you’d like to see some sound advice on and keep checking out PureOC for your hardware news and reviews!


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...


QNAP Releases Upgraded Qsirch 2.2, Enabling More Accurate and Effective NAS File Search

QNAP Releases Upgraded Qsirch 2.2, Enabling More Accurate and Effective NAS File Search Taipei, Taiwan, July 20, 2016 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. today released the upgraded Qsirch 2.2 that adds the following features: personalized filters for improved search accuracy, enhanced email search for efficient management of stored emails, and document previewing for a better browsing experience. Qsirch is an exclusive search engine developed by QNAP. It supports over 6,000 file types to assist users in finding specific files stored on QNAP NAS within seconds. “To complement QNAP NAS as a huge data center, ‘searchability’ is one of the key areas for increasing the value of stored data, and Qsirch is the best tool to realize optimized search capabilities for vast data storage and archiving,” said Cherry Chen, Product Manager of QNAP. The personalized filters in Qsirch 2.2 help to locate files with greater accuracy. Users can flexibly choose search criteria for different file types. For example, photos can be filtered by camera model, resolution, or focal length; music by artist or album name; documents by creator, and more. Qsirch 2.2 also provides a powerful email search. Users can customize search criteria (such as date, carbon copy, sender, and receiver) to efficiently search through .eml files and find specific emails stored on the NAS. Using Qsirch with QNAP’s email apps can make searching through and managing massive amounts of emails much easier. In addition to multi...


AccelStor Debuting NeoSapphire 3706-ES1 at Flash Memory Summit 2016

AccelStor Debuting NeoSapphire 3706-ES1 at Flash Memory Summit 2016 Featuring Uncompromised Performance and High Availability. Also Demonstrating NVMe-Based All-Flash Array. July 20, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – AccelStor, the software-defined all-flash array provider, will be demonstrating the new NeoSapphire 3706-ES1 all-flash array at the Flash Memory Summit 2016. The NeoSapphire 3706-ES1 is officially launched today and this high-availability all-flash array model provides sustained 360K IOPS for 4KB random writes, with standard iSCSI over 10GbE connections, and its shared-nothing architecture ensures no single point of failure and avoid downtime. In addition, AccelStor will showcase FlexiRemap technology on a new NVMe array platform at the event. AccelStor’s all-flash array products and technology will be on display at Booth #132, in Hall A of the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California, USA, from August 9 to 11, 2016. AccelStor Vice President, Dr. Weafon Tsao, who will be giving a presentation at the Flash Memory Summit, said, “It’s time for our industry to put to finally rest the outdated idea that flash arrays can offer either performance or reliability, but not both. At AccelStor, our arrays are designed from the ground up for flash, and our software-defined approach gives us the flexibility to respond swiftly to changing market demands, and extract the full potential from the best hardware. That’s how we’re able to provide high-availabilit...


HSPC XL-ATX Top Deck Tech Station Review

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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 geeks easy access to their hardware. I will be building a XL-ATX Top Deck Station and showing how beneficial an open air test bench can be. The XL series is the best all-around PC test bench Highspeed PC offers and is highly customizable. Lets take a closer look at these claims, and see how an open air test bench can benefit you. The XL tech station features: The Top Deck brings the motherboard to the top level for easy access. 10 Add-in card expansion slots! Perfect for your 4-Way SLI/Crossfire motherboard. Neoprene on the lower deck makes for a great removable static-free work mat and non-slip storage for your optical drives, PSU, etc. Convenient, easy access storage of hard drives in a slide-in rail system under the upper deck. Choose between 3.5″ or 2.5″ HDD during assembly. Swap anytime! Or add a second set of Drive Rails in the options above. Each set holds either two 3.5″ or three 2.5″ drives. 120mm cooling fan pushes air over both motherboard and hard drives, while two more are dedicated to video card cooling. Add-in card support brace keeps cards firmly planted. 10 Nylon thumbscrews included. Rubberized feet, and solid heavy duty bench materials keep the bench right where you want...


 



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