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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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ASUS has the New TUF Sabertooth 990FX R3.0 Motherboard

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Let me start by saying that I cover A LOT of AMD news. This is mostly because when I built my latest system in 2012, I ended up with the 8350 CPU due to the purpose and budget I had at the time. Don’t get me wrong, I would LOVE to get my hands on Skylake, but we all have to live with what have at the time. As it is, I’ve become very familiar with the 990FX chipset and the various motherboards. At this point, if you told me there would be ANOTHER 990FX motherboard, I would have told you I also have some ocean front property in north western Colorado for sale at an excellent price! However, ASUS is certainly releasing a new motherboard, it supports 220W CPUs, and at this point, one has to wonder why they would be releasing a board like this with Zen just around the corner. The Sabertooth R3.0 doesn’t just support 220W CPUs. It’s packed to the brim with awesome features that I can personally say I’ve never seen to this degree. ASUS has maintained the reputation of being the top overclocking board for FX chips since the Crosshair V Formula-Z and nobody has quite been able to take their crown. With this new board, we have the same power capability, but looks to be updated with not only better MOSFETs and chokes, but the option to install a 40mm fan blowing right on the VRM heatsink. Anybody who’s played with AMD knows how useful that is. The Sabertooth also doesn’t sacrifice expand-ability with added features. We still have a good ra...


SAPPHIRE Nitro R7 370 Review

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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, the 370 isn’t going to be relevant much longer. Still, the card can be a great budget option for many games and the best part is getting to see how well SAPPHIRE does with their version of it. SAPPHIRE is a company I’ve always enjoyed following. My first card from them was a Radeon X1950 Pro, many years ago. Over time, the card has upgraded to a Vapor-X variant of the R9 290, but my experience with them has been really good throughout. SAPPHIRE recently started using the Nitro branding on many of their cards and it looks like the trend is going to continue with one of the RX 480 releases. By now, it’s pretty easy to see how well the R7 370 performs through some quick Google searches, but this a great opportunity to see how well SAPPHIRE does with their thermal and acoustic performance. We’ll dive right in, but first let’s see SAPPHIRE’s approach to introducing technology to us. SAPPHIRE Technology has long been established as a leading manufacturer and world-wide supplier of graphics products for the PC sector. Its AMD Radeon™ based products are just as well known in the mainstream PC markets as they are to the gaming and performance graphics enthusiast. Now SAPPHIRE has ...


 

AMD RX 480: The Good, the Not so Bad, and the Ugly

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Wow! The RX 480 release has been wrapped up in more drama than a few seasons of Jersey Shore!!! Sure, that statement could be an over exaggeration considering I’ve never seen Jersey Shore, but the drama is real enough, that’s for sure. To be clear, my complaint is not directed at writers on other sites. I know of a slight disagreement between PCPer and Tom’s Hardware, but the issue was resolved almost immediately and professionally. With the power issue being fixed today, I want to discuss the good, the not so bad, and the downright ugly angles behind the RX 480 release. I’m still incredibly excited about how good the new releases are for graphics cards this year. In the case of AMD’s RX 480, I feel like AMD is doing a great job of meeting the appropriate expectations. When Maxwell hit the scene, the R9 300 series was almost laughable in comparison. To the series benefit, it was in a great price-to-performance bracket, but the bars set in overclocking and power efficiency were way above what was being hit by the more budget friendly option. Now, we have a card that is much, much closer to those standards with the RX 480. The reference design isn’t as strong in overclocking, but the AIB partners are sure to fix that in the coming weeks. While this can make the choice a bit harder between Red and Green, I don’t feel like builders will actually feel like they had to compromise in any area if they choose AMD, which is great! Now, it&...


AMD Athlon X4 845 Review

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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 arrives. What’s nice about the 845 is the fact that it uses the latest Excavator cores instead of the Steamroller ones. AMD designed the Carrizo architecture to put an emphasis on power efficiency, but ever since the backlash from Zambezi, single-thread performance is one of the first things people look for with new releases. We’ll certainly check that out but there’s something else that really needs to be pointed out in AMD’s new design choices. The stock cooler is the bane of CPU existence. They’re SOOO bad! With all that noise, inefficient cooling, as well as cheap designs, many feel like their hard earned dollars are slightly wasted with such skimpy designs. AMD is trying to change that by redesigning all of their stock coolers. Pure Overclock already got to check out the Wraith cooler and it was a hit. Now, we’ll get to also see how AMD’s lowest budget cooler performs as well. If Zen manages to complete the direction AMD is on, there is no doubt they will start changing the market in good ways. We’ll see how the Athlon X4 845 measures up, but before we do that, let’s take a quick word from team Red themselves. At AMD, we live our core values through our ac...


 

G.SKILL Announces a Major Software Update for the RIPJAWS KM780 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

G.SKILL Announces a Major Software Update for the RIPJAWS KM780 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard   Taipei, Taiwan (1 July 2016) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is releasing a major software update for the RIPJAWS KM780/KM780R RGB series mechanical gaming keyboards that focuses on packing even more color customization options to each individual key! In the SW0.104/FW57 update, the software color palette is now expanded with the ability to personalize the full range of 16.8 million RGB colors and your own customized layout of color lighting can be shared with your friends by simply exporting, sharing, and importing the keyboard profile. Next, the responsive lighting effects (Ripple and Reactive) can now enable a second layer of customizable background per-key lighting. Other changes include the expansion of individual RGB customization to the top row of special function keys and media keys, which can be unlocked by simply upgrading the firmware to the latest version; the increase of key brightness to 5 levels (up from 4); and various optimizations to the lighting effects that improve on smoother color transitions. The software for gaming peripherals is constantly being updated. For the latest software update, please visit the G.SKILL website at http://gskill.com/en/download/view/ripjaws-km780-km780r-rgb—mechanical-gaming-keyboard About G.SKILL Established in 1989 by ...


Phanteks RGB LED Strip 400MM, RGB LED Combo Set, and Extension Cable Combo Set Launch

RGB LED STRIP COMBO SET & RGB LED STRIP 400MM Rotterdam, The Netherlands, June 30th, 2016 – Phanteks announced the immediate releases of the RGB LED Strip Combo Set and RGB LED Strip 400MM. The high performance RGB LED strip features ultra high brightness LEDs and incorporate a number of unique features that ensure long-lasting, bright and even illumination. Phanteks RGB LED Strip Combo Set includes 2x 400mm magnetic RGB LED strips, RGB LED adapter for motherboards with 4pin RGB LED header, 1x Extension cable and 3M adhesive tape. With the RGB LED adapter included in the Combo Set, you can plug in the RGB LED adapter to motherboards’ 4pin RGB header and install it to any case on the market or plug it directly to Phanteks cases that has the LED connectors. If you are looking to add to your existing LED strip in your Phanteks case you can purchase the RGB LED STRIP 400MM, which includes 1x 400mm magnetic LED strip and 3M adhesive tape. The single 400mm LED strip can also connect directly to your Phanteks case that has the LED connectors (please check Phanteks website for compatible cases) . These kits make it easier to install and allow you to purchase only what you need. TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS Mounting Magnets (Double Sided Tape also included) Connector Input: 4 pin female Output: 4 pin male M/B Adapter: 4 pin (+12V,G,R,B) Input Voltage +12V Current 0.42A / 400mm Wattage 5.04W / 400mm Compatibility Phanteks 4 pin connector / M/B 4 pin RGB Header (+12V,G,R,B) L...


ADATA Releases the AI910 Lightning Card Reader Plus

ADATA Releases the AI910 Lightning Card Reader Plus iOS, Android, and Windows three-way sharing and backup Taipei, Taiwan – June. 30, 2016 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launched the AI910 Lightning Card Reader Plus. Featuring SD and Micro SD slots with support for up to 256GB capacity, the AI910 is a “three-way” device, allowing users to backup, read, and share content across iOS, Android, and Windows. The proprietary ADATA i-Memory app enables easy data management, with support for nearly 40 file formats, Ultra HD 4K video, and files larger than 4GB. It has a Lightning connector (MFi certified) and ships with Micro USB/USB cables to ensure seamless connectivity out of the box. The AI910 is covered by a two-year warranty.   Compatible with more devices than ever The AI910 carries Apple MFi certification, and has been designed to bridge the gap between platforms. Thanks to the inclusion of USB cables and tested compatibility, it works with iOS, Android, and Windows. Data transfer speeds through the Lightning connector to iOS devices are up to 30MB/s read and 20MB/s write. The three-way connectivity of the AI910 offers users a convenient way to read and write data across the most popular operating systems and devices available, including smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and desktops.   Free ADATA i-Memory app Available from the Apple App Store, i-Memory offers a simple but complete w...


TRENDnet expands NVR product line with new standalone 8-channel PoE+ network video recorder

TRENDnet expands NVR product line with new standalone 8-channel PoE+ network video recorder TORRANCE, Calif. – Jun. 29, 2016 – TRENDnet® (www.TRENDnet.com), a global leader in reliable SMB and consumer networking solutions, announced today that it has expanded its line of network video recorders (NVRs) with the launch of its new 8-Channel 1080p HD PoE+ NVR, model TV-NVR208. Later this year, TRENDnet will also launch three SMB-class NVR surveillance systems. TRENDnet’s 8-Channel 1080p HD PoE+ NVR provides a comprehensive video display, storage, and camera management solution, ideal for home users or users with a basic surveillance setup. The TV-NVR208 auto-recognizes and powers up to eight TRENDnet PoE cameras. Store up to three weeks of continuous video (with eight 1080p cameras at 30 fps with medium VBR) with support for up to eight terabytes of total storage space. “TRENDnet’s NVRs allow users to easily manage multiple IP cameras within a single interface, creating a command center for your entire surveillance network,” said Sonny Su, technology director at TRENDnet. “This command center serves to store large amounts of video footage from multiple camera sources into a single convenient location; the intuitive interface allows users to quickly navigate live video settings, recording schedules, and advanced playback options.” TV-NVR208 Additional Product Info Standalone 8-channel PoE+ network video recorder Plug and play up...


The New GPUs are Great, but the Opinions are Terrible

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There’s been so little time and so much going on that’s it’s killing me to not cover all the great things happening in the GPU market lately. The GTX 1080 easily conquered the most powerful graphics card spot, the GTX 1070 fits perfectly into the affordable high performance spot, and now the Rx 480 is a great mid-range main stream card. I want to focus on what NVIDIA and AMD has done for the market, but I also want to bring up how the fan boy wars seem to be destroying the PC building communities as we know them. The GTX 1070 is easily the unsung hero of 2016 release segment so far. While it’s ideally propositioned as a 1440p card, 4k isn’t a stretch with some settings tweaks. The Pascal architecture not only destroys DirectX 11 titles with ease, but much like Maxwell, it overclocks extremely well. The close release after the 1080 overshadowed the card, although it will likely be more popular than the 1080 in the long run. The only serious drawback is that because supply isn’t as high for the time being, retailers are selling the cards at a pretty high price over suggested retail values. Asynchronous support has come up a few times, but Async isn’t widely enough used to be an issue for the time being. My hope is that if Async becomes a boon for game development, that NVIDIA doesn’t keep muddying the waters with their “support.” Of course, this week was the big week for the RX 480 release. I think many of us in th...


CABLEMOD Giveaway Winners Announcement

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After a long couple of weeks of anticipation, we finally have our winners selected from the CABLEMOD giveaway! Pure Overclock wants to send a huge thank you to everyone who participated. The contest was fun and we want to thank CABLEMOD for providing the strips for the winners. Keep checking PureOC for upcoming news and reviews. check out the video below for the winners and we hope to have another giveaway down the road! https://cablemod.com/





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