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    MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard Review

    Introduction This is it! Right here is the last piece of hardware that I received as a result from my trip to CES back in January. It only took me four months, but that’s the inadvertent side effect of being the solo act for a bit. The good news is it looks li...
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    Rosewill Valens 600M PSU Review

    Introduction Budget PSUs are a bit of a conundrum. The power supply is the heartbeat of your PC so it would make sense that if you want to keep your parts alive, you should get the best unit you possibly can. On the other hand, building a PC within a certain budget c...
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    Rosewill Bradley M PC Case Review

    Introduction Rosewill is back, with another case to help ease the stress on our budgets for building PCs. The Bradley M name doesn’t sound like a really cool thing at first, but some quick research looked like it was named after a troop transport that also has ...
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    AMD Ryzen 1700 OBS Twitch Streaming Guide

    Are you a gamer who’s looking into starting your own Twitch stream? We might have some info that will help you out. It turns out AMD’s Ryzen chips did a great job in game streaming, but there’s some settings that can help optimize that a bit. This i...
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AMD Ryzen 7 CPU Series Review: 1800X, 1700X and 1700

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Introduction We’ve finally made it to this historic day here at Pureoverclock! It doesn’t matter whether we’re AMD fanboys or not, we’ve all been waiting for Ryzen to show up because even if we don’t plan to buy a chip any time soon, the CPU market has gone way too long without competition. Nearly four years ago, AMD released their last major high end release in the FX-9590. Even then, this was nothing more than a factory overclock of the 8350 that released in 2012. Shortly after, we started hearing that team Red was going to be dropping out of the high-end CPU race, while considering focusing their resources on APUs, consoles and mobile. I remember this time vividly and felt a sense of dread thinking about what would happen to the enthusiasts market if we only had one option. Thankfully, Lisa Su became CEO of AMD in 2014. It was during this time that I saw liquid cooling bundles added to the 9000 series chips, better designs on the array of included stock coolers, optimized releases of the 8000 series chips that included better clockspeeds at the same pricing, and the best news of all, the announcement of a new CPU architecture being designed named “Zen.” Everything Su has done for the company has built my hype for this moment and this review is going to determine whether she reaches “hero” status in my book or not. So without further ado, let’s get ready to enter into one of the greatest moments in my reviewing...


 

AMD Ryzen 7 Game Stream and Capture Review

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I know, this isn’t the full Ryzen 7 review yet, but I couldn’t wait to post this. Also, I needed to make sure this video was uploaded at 60 FPS since all of my other review videos upload at 30. This could be the biggest win AMD has with this release and that’s saying a ton since Ryzen already has some other big wins. The full review is coming very soon with all of the testing phases having been completed, but there’s still some writing, shooting and editing that needs to be finished. Check out the video below to see how AMD lived up to their claims that Ryzen 7 would be an excellent CPU for streamers and we’ll be back with even more review details soon!


Aorus Z270X-Gaming 7 Motherboard Review

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Introduction Well, I’ve finally done it. I’ve decided to dive into reviewing a motherboard. If you’re trying to build your own computer, the motherboard is probably the most important choice you can make. Even if you don’t plan on overclocking, chipsets, features, and quality make a huge impact on how your experience will turn out. I’ve been through my fair share of motherboards, but today I’ll be dealing with not only a new chipset, but a new branding as well. Let’s take a look at Aorus! By now, you’re probably pretty familiar to Gigabyte. They’ve been one of the premier motherboard manufacturers for years now, but in recent times they’ve been way more competitive in the gaming market. Aorus was a branding they used for gaming laptops, but they moved it to their motherboard series starting with the Z270 chipset. This gives Gigabyte a great branding strategy for gamers, but we’re looking for more than just gaming features on the Z270X Gaming 7. We’ll begin looking closer at the board soon, but first let’s take a closer look at Gigabyte as a company. It’s YOU That Matters. GIGABYTE is always consumer-oriented from the very beginning of product design to the end of value chain. With the focus on consumer needs, the delivery of customer experiences has been transformed into tangible and understood customer cares. Therefore, GIGABYTE has integrated the best quality of components to ensure outstandi...


 

AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Preview: Initial Thoughts with Preliminary Tests

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Introduction It’s finally here! We’ve waited, literally for years for this day to arrive and now we finally get to see what AMD has to show for years of hard work and engineering. Unfortunately for Ryzen, the internet can be a harsh and unforgiving place, so it has to be at the top of it’s game in order to save itself from crucifixion. Here at PureOC AMD, gave us the chance to review Ryzen and provided numerous samples for us to put through the paces. This isn’t the review, but since the time it will take to publish that will be a little bit longer, we figured we’d start with a bit of a preview for launch day. In this preview, we’ll mostly talk about first impressions, but there will be a few benchmarks to begin comparing with as well. I also want to talk about the experience. Raw performance numbers should never be overlooked, but building computers is about so much more than numbers for many people out there. Let’s go ahead and begin with some thoughts on how the Ryzen experience felt at first, then bring a few comparitive benchmarks, and finish off with initial thoughts on whether AMD has succeeded with their Ryzen 7 series or not. In this particular preview, we start with the Ryzen 7 1800X and the Aorus AX370 Gaming 5 motherboard, but our reviews will also cover the 1700X, 1700 and Asus Crosshair VI Hero motherboad. Let’s continue on page 2.


GeIL Evo X DDR4 3200 Memory Review

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Introduction Wait a second! Didn’t we already see an Evo X RAM review already!?! Alright, you may have caught us, but there’s a really good explanation for it. Uh…. You know what, let’s not look a gift horse in the mouth and just enjoy a second review, shall we? That said, DDR4 has increased at an incredible rate and some boards that are just a couple of years old have trouble keeping up with the higher frequencies already. Being PureOC, we wanted to make sure we got to take advantage of top stock frequencies and push a little past that as well. As such, we’ll mostly skip the packaging and closer look fan fairs. I’ll include a link to the previous review since it has those categories already, but I’ll also post video so you can get a closer look there as well. Since we have the Gigabyte Aorus Z270X Gaming 7 motherboard, we’ll be able to show off some nice RAM speeds as a result. We’ll get into the testing soon enough, but first let’s check out the company statement from GeIL one more time and thank them again for sending another sample our way. GeIL – Golden Emperor International Ltd. – one of the worlds’ leading PC components & peripheral manufacturers that concentrate in making the most innovative products, from memory modules, power supply units to gaming peripherals, for PC enthusiasts worldwide. Established in 1993, GeIL has soon become one of the most trusted memory professionals in the industr...


 

OPSeat Master Series Gaming Chair Review

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Introduction I can officially say that every heavy computer user needs a good, quality computer chair to go with their desk setup. The right kind of chair is critical to helping with posture, comfort and the long term health of your various joints. I may be in my early 30s, but I already regret not budgeting for the proper ergonomic seating at my various workstations. The problem is, how do you budget for a $300-$400 chair when you want to upgrade to a really decent graphics card for that cost? It’s in light of this concept that we come to a fairly new company trying to get their foot into the gaming chair market. OPSeat is a Florida based company and their focus is on quality products that have excellent ergonomics. Right now, they only have one series of chairs, the Master Series, but they have a broad range of color choices to fit any gamer’s taste. We’ll have to get to the testing phase of this chair soon enough, but first let’s take a brief look at a statement from the company. As always, we’d like to thank OPSeat for providing a sample for us to review today! Providing High Quality Chairs for Every Gamer OPSEAT was founded to manufacture high performance gaming chairs. We offer an unrivaled level of comfort, quality and affordability. High quality double stitched PU leather has been wrapped around an Ergonomically designed metal frame to create a world class experience. Our flagship product, the “Master Series” has received many pos...


 

Something New on the “Ryzen”

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Ok guys, the moment we’ve all been waiting for is soon upon us. Unboxing videos aren’t typically my style, but any of you who have followed me for any extended period of time know that I’ve been paying close attention to AMD for several years now. Ever since Lisa Su became CEO in 2014, I’ve seen team Red make changes that indicated, to me, that AMD was headed down the right track. I’ve had a huge amount of faith in this release for years and while we have to wait on the proof a bit longer, I couldn’t resist videoing my experience. I hope you enjoy watching me act like a 5 year old at Christmas, I hope I don’t embarrass myself too much, and keep coming back to PureOC since we’ll have a lot more to cover in the coming weeks. Catch ya’ soon! - The Hardware Hound http://www.amd.com/en-us/innovations/ryzen-pre-order?ipromo=ryzen-preorder-banner


Enermax Revolution DUO 700W Gold PSU Review

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Introduction 2017 is officially the year that I broaden my review horizons and begin diving into things I’ve never delve into before. Am I freaked out a bit? You bet I am! Am I excited about it though? Absolutely!!! So it begins with a new PSU review, courtesy of Enermax. I feel like Enermax was seriously overlooked at CES this year, but that’s to the shame of the hardware community. They easily had one of the best, if not the best, case on display and their innovation in the realm of PSUs, tower coolers and liquid cooling deserve so much more attention than what I feel they’ve received. Today, we’re going to try and change that by looking at the Revolution Duo PSU that was recently released. We’ll begin diving into the details, but first let’s look at a company statement from Enermax and extend our thanks for providing this sample for review.   Enermax Technology Corporation is a world-renowned PC Power Supply Unit manufacturer. Since our establishment in 1990, we provide power supply products and peripherals like chassis, cooler, fan and keyboard with excellent quality and have won recognitions of consumers around the world. ENERMAX products are recommended by worldwide reviewers, and certain were granted by iF, Red Dot, Good Design and Taiwan Excellence Awards. Those are proven evidence of our top-notch quality and design competency recognized by the professionals. To develop an intensive sales network and better service customer...


 

Because Ryzen is Coming Sounds Better than Winter is Coming!

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By Jove, we have an official announcement from AMD about Ryzen. It looks like our first CPUs will be the Ryzen 7 series, which are 8 core 16 thread beasts that range from a really good 95W TDP, to a massively astounding 65W TDP. You might want to check out those release prices in the press statement below since seeing is believing. It looks like AMD was able to get a 4.0 GHz boost on the 1800X which, based on preliminary performance leaks, is very impressive. Keep an eye out on PureOC since we plan to have many more Ryzen details in the future! Innovation and Competition Return to High-Performance PCs March 2nd with Worldwide AMD Ryzen 7 Availability — AMD Ryzen 7 Lineup Includes the World’s Highest Performing and Lowest Powered 8-core Desktop PC Processors; Immediate Pre-order Availability From More Than 180 Retailers and Boutique OEMs — SAN FRANCISCO — Feb. 22, 2017 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced the global launch of AMD Ryzen™ 7 desktop processors, with pre-orders starting today from more than 180 global etailers and boutique OEMs, to the delight of PC gamers, content creators, enthusiasts, and fans worldwide. After four years and more than two million engineering hours of development, Ryzen is ready to unleash its powerful purpose, shake up the market, and connect millions more people to high performance personal computing. “Four years ago we began development of our ‘Zen’ processor core with the goal to deliver unprecedented generational perform...


FX-8350 CPU and 990FX Chipset Overclocking Guide

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It might seem weird to publish this when we’re so close to the release of Ryzen. On the other hand, there’s still a decent number of requests for tips on how to overclock the good ole FX series chips on the 990FX platform. Plus, it’s not like this hardware is going completely away anytime soon. Check out the video for a pretty detailed guide to overclock your own FX CPUs, as well as hardware recommendations and a few tips on best practices. If you’re interested in a particular section, the times for each category will be below as well. As always, keep checking back at PureOC for more content and don’t forget to go to the forums for any extra questions you might have. CPU Configuration Settings 6:20 AI Tweaker Settings 9:23 Digi + Settings 14:41 Voltage Settings 21:25 Stability/Monitoring Programs and Testing 28:50





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