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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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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...


NZXT Releases CAM 3.1 with GPU Overclocking

GPU Overclocking Comes to CAM NZXT’s CAM tunes-up with GPU Overclocking, an all new mobile experience, and the CAM Powered initiative Los Angeles, CA – NZXT’s CAM PC monitoring software announces the latest in its advanced PC monitoring software, with version 3.1 on desktop and an all-new mobile app experience for the iOS and AndroidTM. In addition, NZXT announces the launch of CAM Powered, a new initiative that brings CAM integration to third-party partners, beginning with CRYORIG at COMPUTEX 2016. With CAM 3.1, GPU overclocking control is now available, allowing users the capability to optimize their gaming experiences with the simplicity CAM is known for. Through the new Tuning tab, users can calibrate GPU power limits, adjust the clock speeds for both the core and memory on the GPU, as well as customize the GPU fan speeds with fan profiles. “Allowing users the ability to get the most of their PC gaming experience with overclocking is just another step CAM is taking to make optimizing the PC experience as painless as possible,” says Johnny Hou, NZXT’s founder and CEO. “As we continue to deliver new features with CAM 3.1 and the new mobile experience, our CAM Powered initiative, beginning with CRYORIG, will add even more functionality and choice to PC users, which is something we are quite passionate about.” New features throughout the CAM 3.1 update include: GPU Overclocking through new Tuning Tab A redesigned positional overlay along with enhanced m...


G.SKILL Exhibits Extreme Limits of DDR4 Memory on Live Demo Systems at Computex 2016

G.SKILL Exhibits Extreme Limits of DDR4 Memory on Live Demo Systems at Computex 2016 Highest Frequency, Tightest Timing & Largest Capacity Taipei, Taiwan (31 May 2016) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is thrilled to display the extreme limits of DDR4 memory on live demo systems at Computex 2016 with the latest X99 system featuring Intel Broadwell-E processors and the Z170 system featuring Intel Skylake processors, all on air cooling. The various extremes of the Trident Z series DDR4 desktop memory include the highest frequency, tightest timings, and largest kit capacity, which demonstrate the performance prowess of Samsung IC components combined with the most advanced memory development techniques of G.SKILL.     On the Z170 chipset systems, the focus is on the highest frequency and tightest timings possible. Raising the frequency bar to an unprecedented level of extremity is the 16GB (2x8GB) kit running at a blistering DDR4-4500MHz CL16-16-16-36 on the ASRock Z170M OC Formula motherboard. Featured on the GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Ultra Gaming motherboard is the efficiently low timings of CL13-13-13-33 1.35V at DDR4-3200MHz with a fully loaded memory capacity at 64GB (4x16GB).   On the other end of the spectrum, challenging the limits of extreme massive memory capacity is the key to the X99 platforms. With a fully loaded 64GB (8x8GB) memory capacity on the ASUS X99-DE...


G.SKILL Announces New RIPJAWS KM570 MX and KM770 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboards

G.SKILL Announces New RIPJAWS KM570 MX and KM770 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboards Taipei, Taiwan (31 May 2016) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is announcing the release of two new additions to the RIPJAWS series mechanical gaming keyboard product line with the feature-packed KM570 MX and the streamlined KM770 RGB mechanical keyboard.   RIPJAWS KM570 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard The new single-color LED lighting KM570 MX mechanical gaming keyboard is built with durability and ease-of-use in mind for daily gaming and working. Constructed with German-made Cherry MX key-switches, available in red, brown, and blue, ensures the durability of 50 million keypresses for years of comfortable typing experience. Additionally, removing the dependency on software by building the lighting customization and macro recording right into the hardware with the storage space for a complete profile, this keyboard is the ultimate keyboard to take on-the-go.   The new KM570 MX also features 7 different lighting effect presets with the ability to customize brightness and speed, the capability to easily create your own per-key lighting pattern, and all the great keyboard features that makes life easier, such as built-in media control, dedicated volume control, n-key rollover & 100% anti-ghosting, a default 1000Hz polling rate, Windows key lock, and a long 2m braided USB cable. This is t...


BitFenix at Computex 2016

In the ever evolving computer industry, new product designs are vital to cater the rapidly growing hardware demand. This year at Computex 2016, BitFenix is ready to introduce you to the newest line up of products that will quench your thirst for unique chassis. At BitFenix, we are strong believers of quality over quantity. This is why all of our new chassis use high quality glass and many aluminum parts. This year our designers have stepped out of the box to bring you a wide range of products that will make your system look unique and premium. To bring amazing products to you during this Computex, BitFenix has partnered with Avexir, Caseking, CLX, EKWB, MSI and noblechairs. Our partners will introduce their latest products and give you a chance to win some of those amazing products.   Aurora Inspired by the northern lights, BitFenix Aurora combines elegance with performance. Smoked glass on either sides let you showcase all the hardware and modding. Included with the Aurora is a RGB SSD shield which will light up your SSD in any color you want. This high end chassis supports a wide range of hardware from budget components to high end water cooled eATX hardware. This semi modular ATX chassis also features tool free HDD and SSD mechanism to help you easily organize the hardware to your pleasing.   Prodigy Cape The newest member to our prodigy line up is the new Prodigy Cape, which extends the hardware capabilities of prodigy line up to eATX water cooled systems. Manufactur...


The Hardware Hound: Welcome to “Hound” Advice

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Reviews are great! Watching or reading about someone’s hard work to help you make a decision is a good way to ensure overall satisfaction in what can be pretty major investments for PC builders. We all wish we had all the time and money in the world to test everything, but many reviewers only have a limited window to squeeze things in between work and families. What happens when an experienced hardware user has some sound advice, but doesn’t have the time, samples, or official testing equipment to do a review? Welcome to Hound Advice. The Hardware Hound has taken it upon himself to begin sharing his experience with computer hardware in a straight forward and practical way. This isn’t just his experience either. He’s using the internet and the Pure OC community to try and help you answer questions that, quite frankly, can occasionally be very difficult to answer through google. In his first episode, The Hardware Hound tackles what looks like the best wireless routers for PC builders. If you’re having a hard time knowing what to look for, but already have a general idea, then Hound Advice might help you make a final decision. Check out the video, let us know what you want to know, and we hope you find our newest series to be helpful!


ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1080: GPU Fan Headers Say What!?!

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The GTX 1080 has been making a wave ever since it’s release last week. FinFET is finally here and the wait has been entirely too long! NVIDIA released their own Founder’s Edition that left most of us thinking that we’ll just wait until the manufacturers bring their own variants out, but sometimes it can feel like we already know what we’re going to see. However, ASUS surprised me with a feature that sounds like the perfect combo for a high end GPU with the addition of a fan header on the board. You’re probably thinking I’ve lost it at this point. “You’re seriously getting excited about a fan header!?!” Just bear with me for a sec! Admittedly, this isn’t the kind of feature the majority of users should be particularly concerned about. The ROG Strix has plenty of other things going for it anyways so I’m sure it’s going to be a much coveted card. Where this excites me is in the fact that I’ve been a SLI/Crossfire user for many years now. I understand all the impracticability of it, but what will never change is the fact that I think a computer looks 500 times better with two cards. Unfortunately, these configurations also generate a lot more heat. Under an intensive load, the GPU fans can get revved up pretty high and even though your computer can stay quiet at idle, loads can bring more fan noise than desired. Most of the time, my case fan speeds are set in stone at a level that doesn’t bot...


SAMSUNG Releases 500GB 750 Evo SSD

SAMSUNG is killing it in the SSD market. Not only did they introduce 3D NAND, but their drives have had a broad range of compatibility while being reliable. Now, SAMSUNG is trying to help the budget buyer by keeping their 750 EVO series alive. At a $150 suggested retail, the new drive looks like an attractive offer for the performance and stability. At first glance, some might thing that $150 doesn’t seem like a great deal since the 850 Evo is commonly found at the same price. However, the suggested retail on the 850 is actually $180. Considering that the 750 could go for less than the suggestion, we may see the drive sell for around $125 which would make it more compelling. This is up to retailers to decide, but with good sequential read and write speeds, the drive looks like it will be a solid budget performer. Check out the full PR below for more details! SEOUL, South Korea–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., an expert provider of advanced memory solutions for more than three decades, today announced worldwide availability of the 750 EVO solid state drive (SSD) in 120GB, 250GB and an all new 500GB capacity. The 750 EVO SSDs provide mainstream consumers and PC builders with an efficient migration path from hard disk drives (HDDs) or slow performing entry-level SSDs to a faster and more reliable storage solution for every day computer use. “Samsung is committed to constantly evolving and providing high-quality memory solutions that fit gene...


FNATIC Rush, Flick & Focus Review

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Introduction It seems everything in the world is advertised as “Gamer” in order to attract customers. Seriously! I just read about a gamer toothbrush!!! ESports are on the rise but how much gaming hardware do we really need? Wait! You said it was designed by an actual eSports team!?! Shut up and take my money!!! Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s sift through the jargon and see exactly what FNATIC is doing with their new set of gaming peripherals. FNATIC is an eSports, League of Legends team that has also dived into a gaming keyboard, mouse and pad. The claim is that because these devices were designed by professional gamers, they will give you an edge in any competitive online play you might engage in. We’ll try to assess these claims soon, but before we do, here’s some more info on FNATIC, the company behind the Rush keyboard, Flick Mouse and Boost Pad.


 

STEELSERIES Releases the Rival 700, First Modular Mouse

Remember when a mouse was just a mouse? Pepperidge Farm remembers! To be far, Pepperidge farm still thinks a mouse is a furry rodent in a barn. STEELSERIES has been known for their high-end peripherals so being the first to introduce a modular mouse is no surprise. What is a surprising is how far the mouse has come from it’s humble beginnings of track and ball. With an OLED display to notify you of in-game events and a modular design that puts a new spin on customization, the Rival 700 certainly takes gaming mice to a new level. I can’t say that I would ever look at my mouse enough to see the notifications, but if I can put a fun design on that screen, that would make me pretty happy. Customization always seems like a good thing though and the RGB lighting is always welcome in my book. Take a look at the details below and check out our forums to tell us what you think of the features in the Rival 700! SteelSeries Rival 700, World’s First Modular Gaming Mouse with OLED Display and Tactile Alerts Now Available in North America  Taking Orders Exclusively on SteelSeries.com Starting Today   CHICAGO – May 24, 2016 – SteelSeries, leader and innovator in gaming peripherals, ships the Rival 700, the world’s first gaming mouse equipped with a fully customizable onboard OLED display, real-time tactile alerts, and interchangeable components. Available exclusively at SteelSeries.com to customers in North America for $99.99, gamers can now head into battle with a...





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