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    Tesoro Excalibur Mechanical Keyboard Review

    We're looking at an interesting mechanical keyboard from Tesoro, the Excalibur G7NL. Well designed, sporting a uncomplicated design, and catering to gamers who want something simple and solid, the Tesoro Excalibur G7NL has some unique features including full N-Key ro...
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    Chip News

      Chipmaker AMD hires Dell senior executive in server push SAN FRANCISCO Mon Oct 27, 2014 5:49pm EDT (Reuters) – Advanced Micro Devices Inc said it hired a former Dell Inc [DI.UL] senior executive to lead the chipmaker’s push into microservers and ot...
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    Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4 Motherboard Review

    Introduction When it comes to Intel’s Extreme or “Enthusiast” series of motherboards and processors, like the X79 and its Ivy-Bridge-E combo, we seem to get a bit more time between updates. Intel initially launched its X79 Chipset with Sandy-Bridge-...
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    Gigabyte FORCE H3X Headset Review

    Gigabyte is continuing their foray into the gaming peripheral market, and this time it's the audio arena with the launch of a new gaming headset, the FORCE H3X. This set of cans looks sleek, is lightweight, versatile, and reasonably priced at about $100. But what abo...
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World’s first 4K Ultra HD benchmark – available now

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World’s first 4K Ultra HD benchmark – available now The buzz around 4K gaming continues to grow, but can the latest hardware really deliver? And are the extra pixels worth the extra cost? Lately, we are being asked the same questions again and again: Should I buy a 4K monitor for my current PC setup? What hardware do I need to play games at 4K Ultra HD resolution? To answer those questions, we’ve created Fire Strike Ultra, the world’s first 4K Ultra HD benchmark, available now and ready to use in the latest version of 3DMark. Run Fire Strike Ultra on your existing PC to answer the first question. Fire Strike Ultra renders the test content at 3840 x 2160 (4K Ultra HD) before scaling the output to your PC’s display resolution. This means you don’t need a 4K monitor to run Fire Strike Ultra, though you will need a GPU with at least 3 GB of dedicated memory. For the second question, you can help your readers understand whether new hardware delivers on the 4K promise by testing it with Fire Strike Ultra. And while it’s always been possible to run 4K tests with custom settings in 3DMark, using a dedicated 4K test will provide a common reference point for all your reviews. Your readers will also be able to search for and compare Fire Strike Ultra scores for different hardware configurations on our website. To say that Fire Strike Ultra is demanding is putting it mildly. Most people know that 4K Ultra HD is four times larger than 1080p, bu...


The Hardware Hound Presents: Windows 10, A Gamer’s Perspective

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The rumors have been floating around for some time but we finally have a preview version of Windows 9….I mean 10….Windows 10! Maybe skipping a number doesn’t make a ton of sense, but let’s face it: Windows 10 is way better than calling the iWatch the Apple Watch! The real mystery isn’t a number, but whether Windows 10 is going to be worth it and the greater mystery is whether you should risk installing the preview on your system, particularly if you don’t have one to spare. Thankfully, the Hardware Hound is crazy enough to try it out (on my main system none-the-less), and I’m ready to give you some highlights to help you decide whether you want to make the plunge or not. The good news is, it looks like Microsoft is heading in the right direction so far! Let’s begin with the painful part of any operating system and that’s the installation, which, really wasn’t that painful! Having been an habitual reformatter most of my life, I was used to popping the CD in the drive (after a several hour ISO download), clicking on the upgrade tab instead of the advanced tab, and being told that I needed to load Windows and run the CD from there. So I did that, and roughly 15 minutes later, Windows 8.1 was upgraded to 10 with all my settings in tow. I also ran a fresh install on a spare workstation I had with an i5 CPU and once again, the install was quick and painless as far as OSes go. Also, I typically hate doing upgrades and hi...


Penclic B3 Wireless Mouse Review

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Introduction We see a lot of different types of gaming mice here on PureOverclock but what about a standard Bluetooth mouse that’s designed for drafting? Penclic has developed a mouse focused on drafting but does that mean it couldn’t be used for gaming? While we have flip-flopped on our opinions about this new mouse, we’re curious as to if the design is built well enough for comfort of the user, in order to forego the extra features that we are used to in a traditional mouse. Let’s give the Penclic B3 Wireless drafting mouse a whirl on our test bench to see how handles. Before we get started, let’s read a bit more about Penclic… Penclic is a Swedish company who combine the latest technology with sleek, ergonomic design. Our products make your work by the computer more functional and efficient. We always aim for durability, quality and care. Penclics innovative computer accessories are attuned to the ergonomic requirements that our bodies need. These ergonomic advances provided in our products grant the user an amazing and unique experience, without sacrificing on quality or function. Apart from the strong ergonomic advantages found in Penclic products, we strive to include nifty technological functions and smart, clean Scandinavian design. Our focus is to offer effective and comfortable solutions to our customer. Penclic started their journey of computer accessory reinterpretation in 2011.


 

SanDisk Ultra PLUS and Extreme SD Review

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SanDisk is a flash memory giant, needing no introduction. The latest in the SanDisk lineup are the Ultra PLUS and Extreme cards, targeting different consumers who have varying speed needs. And with very attractive price tags, these little SD cards promise solid value. We're looking at the 32GB models, and we found the speed results a bit shocking, despite what the labels might seem to indicate. Read on to find out why.


 

New AOC 24” Gaming Monitor with NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology Promises Gamers The Competitive Advantage

New AOC 24” Gaming Monitor with NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology Promises Gamers The Competitive Advantage Advanced AOC gaming display eliminates tearing, stuttering and lag so gamers can focus on the game and hit their targets with greater accuracy Fremont, Calif. – September 22, 2014 – AOC, a worldwide leader in monitor display technology, today announces the AOC 24” Gaming Monitor, powered by NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ Technology, designed for competitive gamers who demand a lag-free, ultra smooth gaming experience. G-SYNC technology synchronizes display refresh rates between the monitor and the PC’s GPU to eliminate screen tearing and minimize display stutter and input lag. This advanced AOC gaming display (2460PG) gives competitive gamers a serious edge so they can focus on the game without the distraction of screen tearing, ghosting or latency. This means gamers receive critical images, such as enemy movement, on screen the moment they are rendered for greater accuracy and a serious gaming advantage over competitors. The display is available at Micro Center for $449. The AOC G2460PG display combines stylish design with high-performance features optimized for gamers that will impress the most demanding players. From first-person shooters to high-speed racing games, you’ll never miss out on the action with 144Hz w/ 1 ms response time for blur-free images. This 24-inch display with Full HD resolution offers sharp, stunning picture quality with typical 1000:1 contrast rat...


A new source of POWER: EDISON M Series is here!

Introducing EDISON M modular PSUs! Fractal Design is proud to announce the NEW modular PSU family, Edison M, available in a variety of wattage levels. The Fractal Design Edison M series of power supplies feature excellent electrical performance, including 80PLUS® Gold efficiency certification. Designed for maximum reliability, the Edison M units feature Japanese electrolytic capacitors with a full protection suite, including over-temperature protection. The modular cable system assists with a clean installation and the extra-long ATX12V cable accommodates cases with bottom mounted PSU positions. Fractal Design Edison M units are equipped with a large, temperature-controlled FDB-bearing 120mm fan contributing to a maximum lifespan while keeping noise levels at a minimum. The Edison M is a highly reliable choice, for both gaming computers and powerful workstations. Key Features Modular construction to assist with a clean build with only the most essential cables permanently attached 80PLUS® Gold efficiency with a 5 year warranty on the PSU ATX 2.4 compliant, including full support for the new C6 / C7 power states introduced with the 4th generation Intel Core CPUs DC-DC design for improved system stability and maximum 12V output Tight voltage regulation: +/- 2% for +12V and +/- 3% for minor rails Japanese electrolytic capacitors, rated at 105°C; Japanese and Taiwanese solid polymer capacitors Extra-long ATX 12V cable Silent, temperature-controlled 120mm fan with quiet, lon...


ADATA Releases SSD Firmware Update

ADATA Releases SSD Firmware Update New Firmware 5.8.2 Offers Enhanced Stability Taipei, Taiwan – Oct. 9, 2014 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, has released a firmware update v5.8.2 for the following solid state drives (SSD) equipped with SandForce 2200 series controllers: SX910/SX900/SP900/S510. The new firmware improves overall SSD stability and SSD reliability after unsafe power cycling. Purchasers who wish to update their SSD firmware should go to: http://www.adata-group.com/index.php?action=ss_main&page=ss_content_driver&lan=en, select the corresponding SSD product, and then download the compressed Firmware 5.8.2 file and extract it. Then locate the executable file ADATA_SF_FieldUpdater and run it as administrator.  About ADATA ADATA Technology Co., Ltd., one of the world’s largest vendors of DRAM Modules and USB Flash Drives, provides complete memory solutions, including memory cards, solid state drives, and portable hard drives. ADATA products are internationally recognized by Germany’s iF Design Award, red dot Award, CES Best of Innovations Award, Japan’s Good Design Award, Best Choice of Computex Award, and Taiwan Excellence Gold Award. The company’s slogan of Love, Life, Dreams, embodies the ADATA brand and the role of innovative memory products in the human pursuit of universally cherished ideas. For more information, please visit www.adata.com.


MSI Revamps Armory of Gaming Laptops with Latest NVIDIA GTX 970M & 980M Graphics

MSI Revamps Armory of Gaming Laptops with Latest NVIDIA GTX 970M & 980M Graphics NEW lineup of GS Stealth/Ghost and GT Dominator Series bridge the gap between Desktop PC gaming and mobile gaming performance City of Industry, Calif. – October 7, 2014 – MSI Computer Corp, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, announces the immediate availability of the critically acclaimed GS Stealth/Ghost Series and GT Dominator Series gaming laptops with NVIDIA’s latest GTX 900M Series graphics. Armed with unprecedented power and an array of cutting-edge features, including MSI’s new SHIFT technology, the new gaming notebooks deliver up to 28% more graphics performance for a mobile gaming experience without barriers. “MSI’s newest gaming laptops showcase breakthroughs in mobile gaming technology that improve graphics performance, increase gaming comfort, and transport gamers into an unbelievable gaming journey,” says Andy Tung, president of MSI Pan America. “NVIDIA’s GTX 900M Series GPU delivers mobile graphics that are up to par with desktop graphics card models and superior to anything we’ve ever seen.” SHIFT Your Speed MSI’s newest gaming laptops feature their exclusive SHIFT power adjustment technology that enables easy tweaking of CPU and GPU performance to best suit the gamers’ needs. SHIFT comes with three proprietary modes: Sport to maximize CPU and GPU usage for extreme performance, Comfort for a smooth and balanced ride,...


Super Talent’s Custom USB Services

Super Talent’s Custom USB Services Customized USBs provide clients with several unique marketing options San Jose, California – October 6, 2014 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of NAND flash storage solutions, announces updates to its USB customization options. Super Talent offers a selection of custom USBs that can be built to order with a variety of options. Customers can also choose from a selection of generic USB molds. A USB 3.0 option is now available for those wishing for very fast USB 3.0 custom drives. Additionally, customers can also get a preview of their logo on Super Talent’s USB drives. Super Talent has made these steps extremely easy with our online logo master preview. A sample can then be created for client approval. Pre-loaded software can be placed on the drive as well at request. The customized USB line is available in capacities of 2GB to 64GB. “The logo printing option is very popular with many companies that give away drives at large conventions. Business creativity can expand and leave users w! ith a physical reminder of a product or service that can double as a storage device.” –Shimon, VP of Engineering, Super Talent Technology Further Information on Super Talent Custom USBs can be found here. About Super Talent Technology Super Talent Technology Corporation based in San Jose, California, designs and manufactures flash based SSD and USB storage devices for computers and consumer electronics. An ISO 90...


AORUS Thunder K7 Keyboard Review

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Today we're looking at the AORUS Thunder K7 mechanical gaming keyboard, a fully backlit board that sports some solid styling and a unique design, looking to attract consumers who want something a bit different. The Thunder K7 is not your average mechanical board, as one of its most unique features is detachable and movable numpad, suitable for both lefties and righties. Question is: can the AORUS Thunder K7 can stand out in a widening field of mechanical keyboards? Let's get to it and find out.


 



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