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  • Noctua NH-S12L & NH-L9a-AM4 Low Profile CPU Cooler Review

    Are you in the market for a compact yet efficient heatsink for your next HTPC that happens to be Ryzen based? Perhaps the Noctua NH-S12L or NH-L9a-AM4 is for you. Read on for more info...
  • GeIL Super Luce RGB Sync AMD Edition 4x8GB DDR4-3000MHz Memory Review

    GeIL released their AMD specific Super Luce modules and we had our chance to take a look at them in our Ryzen rig. How well do they do? Read on to find out whether or not you should purchase them for yours.
  • Lamptron RGB Lighting, Fan Controllers Review and Giveaway

    Giveaway! It’s time to win something at PureOC! Lamptron has some new products and wanted us to not only review them, but host a giveaway as well. Fan controllers might seem a tad antiquated these days, but what if I told you that you could control RGB lightin...
  • Tunai Drum Earbuds (Quick) Review

    Most of the time, we reviewers here at Pure Overclock take our time doing a nice long review. On the other hand, we don’t always get an engineering sample of a piece of audio equipment either. Tunai recently launched a Kickstarter for their Drum Earbuds which a...
Latest News & Reviews

Swiftech has Blocks for Ryzen and Vega

Some news just can’t be covered because the real-life schedule won’t allow it. Other news is so important that it just gets delayed for a while. Swiftech ended up in the delayed boat not because I wanted them to, but because life just caught up with me for the last few weeks. On the flip side, they have some great looking blocks coming down the pipes for all of the AMD releases. Check out the full PRs for AM4 and Vega and stay posted for more news and reviews! Swiftech Introduces New Apogee SKF-TR4 Heirloom Series PICO RIVERA, CA, August 31, 2017 – Rouchon Industries Inc., dba Swiftech® (OTC Pink Current: RCHN), today announced the release of their Apogee SKF-TR4 Heirloom Series. Swiftech is proud to announce that they’ve just finished a Threadripper customized Apogee SKF that features a larger cooling engine (with 30% more surface area) that is optimized for the multi-dies design of the new Ryzen Threadripper CPU’s. With a larger copper base plate, the entire surface is covered on the HIS. The Swiftech Apogee™ SKF-TR4 is a highly innovative CPU waterblock featuring a revolutionary cooling engine and customization options that allows users to go beyond their limits. The Apogee SKF-TR4 features an entirely new cooling engine made of 125 micron (< 5 thousandth’s of an inch!) thick slotted fins. This new technology is at the very least one generation ahead of the competition and will be the foundation of Swiftech’s next generation CPU waterblocks. ...


iBuyPower Element PC Review: Intel i7-7900X & Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti


Introduction Most of the readers that will frequent a hardware review site will swear by the experience of building their own custom PC. Price, performance and customization are all highlights we love to point out, but sometimes we like to overlook the problems like compatibility, DOAs, and tons of troubleshooting. If you’re a troubleshooter by nature, then building a PC is the perfect way to appeal to that need for figuring out problems. If you aren’t then the idea of building your own gaming PC is probably a nightmare! So what are gamers supposed to do if they want performance on a custom built level, but are afraid to dive into putting their own components together? The answer that you shouldn’t go to is to buy a Dell. Perhaps the real answer is to look at a company like iBuyPower. They have custom built PCs that are pre-assembled and pre-configured so that a buyer has little to worry about on their end. The only question is if the company is offering a worthwhile system to spend your hard-earned cash on. We’ll find out soon how this variant of the iBuyPower Element stacks up, but first let’s look at a statement from the company on their values. iBUYPOWER symbolizes several key beliefs: unity, strength, ambition, and perseverance. These are fundamental attributes of life inside and outside of gaming. You need them all to win. Leading the pack, iBUYPOWER is gaming, defined.Since 1999, iBUYPOWER has been delivering on its promise to build the...


 

GeIL Announces SUPER LUCE RGB Series Gaming Memory Featuring RGB Illumination

Fluid lightening on SUPER LUCE RGB SYNC and SUPER LUCE RGB LITE Available in 2133MHz to 3200MHz Frequencies Verified by combinations of AM4 motherboards and AMD Ryzen processors Taipei, Taiwan — September 19th, 2017 GeIL – Golden Emperor International Ltd. – one of the world’s leading PC components & peripheral manufacturers announced SUPER LUCE RGB Series Gaming Memory featuring RGB LED illumination – SUPER LUCE RGB SYNC, and SUPER LUCE RGB LITE. Inheriting the stylish design from the previous generation, SUPER LUCE RGB Series Gaming Memory upgrades the LED lighting effect from single color LED to RGB LED, providing the fanciest lighting effect for gamers looking for RGB memory products without cable management. Heat spreaders are available in black and white color themes to match different gaming PC build preferences. SUPER LUCE RGB Series Gaming Memory also available in AMD Edition modules that have been verified across a large number of AM4 motherboards and AMD Ryzen processors. With the demand for RGB illuminated PC components rapidly growing, not only hardcore gamers but also mainstream users are looking for fancy RGB gaming memory. GeIL SUPER LUCE RGB Series Gaming Memory comes in 2 versions, SUPER LUCE RGB SYNC and SUPER LUCE RGB LITE, targeting at different segments to provide full range of products and solutions. Perfectly supporting ASUS AURA lighting control app, SUPER LUCE RGB SYNC allows users to enjoy the seamless synchronization of R...


Noctua presents two AM4-compatible low-profile coolers

Vienna, September 20th 2017 – Noctua today presented two updates to its range of quiet low-profile CPU coolers. Successors to the award-winning NH-L9a and NH-L12, the new NH-L9a-AM4 and NH-L12S models now support the AM4 socket of AMD’s Ryzen processors. Whereas the NH-L9a-AM4 stands a mere 37mm tall, which makes it ideal for use in compact HTPCs or Small Form Factor cases that offer minimum clearance for CPU coolers, the slightly bigger NH-L12S comes equipped with the new NF-A12x15 PWM fan and combines excellent compatibility, surprising efficiency and remarkable flexibility. “AMD has made a big impact on the market with its Ryzen architecture and the platform will become even more interesting for compact HTPC builds when the first Ryzen-based APUs are introduced next year,” says Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “We’re thus updating two of our award-winning low-profile models to support Ryzen’s AM4 socket.”The new NH-L9a-AM4 is an AM4-specific revision of Noctua’s award-winning NH-L9a low-profile CPU cooler. At a height of only 37mm, the NH-L9a is ideal for extremely slim cases and, due to its small footprint, it provides 100% RAM and PCIe compatibility as well as easy access to near-socket connectors, even on tightly packed mini-ITX motherboards. The custom-designed SecuFirm2™ mounting system for the AM4 socket makes installation child’s play and, thanks to the highly optimised NF-A9x14 92mm fan that supports fully automatic speed control via PWM, the...


Azza Storm 6000W Chassis Review


Introduction Please give a huge welcome to our new reviewer, Brendan Varik at PureOC! You can welcome him at the forum post for this review. AZZA is a brand that I suspect not too many of you are familiar with. They formed way back in 1996 with three main business philosophies: innovation, performance and growth. When they launched, they were primarily in the motherboard manufacturing business, and was one of the top ten leading suppliers in the 90’s. Today, however, is a slightly different story in the sense that they create mainly gaming cases and are looking to offer you some bang for your buck. In 2009, they were able to restructure and then distribute their products under the AZZA trademark that we see today. They no longer sell motherboards, but instead offer a plethora of computer accessories and components; ranging from cases to monitors, they’ve surely got something for you. Let’s get on with the meat of this review, and discuss what they sent over for us to look at. It is of course, as you probably already guessed by the title of this review, the Storm 6000 gaming chassis. Oh, and it’s the white variant of the two, because (surely) everyone loves the black and white themes that you can create with modern hardware. You can of course opt for the black version instead, which you can tell apart in the naming scheme by it either being the 6000W or 6000B SKU.   Are you looking for a case with eight expansion slots? Perhaps a possibility of vertically mount...


 

GeIL Releases EVO SPEAR DDR4 Hardcore Memory for PC Gamers

Me and Press Releases have not gotten along well lately. It’s the side effects of being super busy in my real life. Still, the old slogan is better late than never and there were some good releases you might be interested in. Check out the full PR below for one of GeIL’s releases and expect more to come. GeIL Releases EVO SPEAR DDR4 Hardcore Memory for PC Gamers Available in 2133MHz to 3466MHz Frequencies Optimized for Intel Z200 Series & X299 Chipsets Verified by AMD Ryzen Processors and AM4 motherboards  Taipei, Taiwan — Aug. 3rd, 2017 — GeIL – Golden Emperor International Ltd. – one of the world’s leading PC components & peripheral manufacturers announced the latest DDR4 hardcore gaming memory modules, EVO SPEAR Series, and EVO SPEAR AMD Edition Series. Available as single modules and kits up to 64GB, runs as low as 1.2V and at max 1.35V resulting in less power consumption and higher reliability. Featuring a stylish and stealthy standard-height heat spreader, EVO SPEAR Series modules can be used in most case designs including SFF (Small Form Factor) systems and full-sized gaming PCs. The EVO SPEAR Series and EVO SPEAR AMD Edition Series are available in black with a black PCB and are perfect for gamers and enthusiasts who want a cost-efficient upgrade for faster gaming, video editing, and 3D rendering. ​ EVO SPEAR Series available in 2133MHz to 3466MHz frequencies, optimized for the Intel® Core™ X, i7, i5 Processors as well as...


FSP Windale 6 CPU Cooler Review


Introduction FSP gave us something new to look at with their CMT210 Chassis, but they included a CPU cooler to review as well. The CMT210 was excellent in addressing tiny details that can cause frustration for someone, especially if it’s a first time PC build. Now we have the Windale 6 to look at and while we’ll be looking at how easily the cooler installs, cooling performance will be an integral point to look at as well. We also won’t forget aesthetics. As always, we’ll get to Windale soon enough, but first let’s look at the company statement again from FSP! Since 1993, based on its professional R&D expertise, enormous production capacity and high Quality Assurance, FSP has achieved an important position in the challenging IT industry. To strengthen the brand image and to provide better service to our customers, FSP built its own brand in 2003. FSP has a good understanding of customer needs, which includes providing products of high quality and reliability, after-sales service and continuous development of new products. It can be prominently seen in such as our products like highly efficient Aurum series and the fanless Zen series. As a result, innovation and high quality are the most important advantages of FSP. In the future, FSP will continue innovating new technology to meet customers’ needs with its professional R&D team and after-sales service. To provide highly efficient and innovative products for all families and enrich...


 

This is What I Love About AMD!

The past few weeks have been miserable for myself. I had a major work project to get through and while I enjoy projects, the following weeks left my body turning against me with sickness and gout. I’ve felt my enthusiasm die down to a small ember, but sometimes I get to read an article that helps ignite my spark again. I got lucky and caught an article that talked about Threadripper being a spare time project for AMD engineers and I can’t tell you how much I love hearing that. PCGamer had a link on the article and it shows that the HEDT competition from AMD almost didn’t happen. It looks like the Red company didn’t have specific plans to design Threadripper when they did, but their engineers had enough freedom to come up with the design anyways. This indicates two huge things that make me become the biggest AMD fanboy I’ve ever been. For starters, the engineers probably have a huge passion for designing chips. Many people are content to use their spare time to gorge on entertainment, but these people saw an opportunity to take Ryzen to the next level. I not only love seeing passion, but I also see an indication of the freedom AMD’s management is giving to their builders. While this probably comes from the top with Lisa Su, AMD wasn’t afraid to let their engineers loose and try new things. As a result, we have a phenomenal product in Threadripper and a phenomenal company shaping up with AMD. I love hearing about this and even though...


Enermax GraceMesh ECA3520 Unboxing

If you’ve followed my Youtube channel, you may have heard me mention that I’m not a huge fan of unboxings. I guess it’s nice to see a product coming out of the box, but it feels like I’m trying to live vicariously through somebody else’s experience without the satisfaction of owning my own product. Give me information! Still, when a company like Enermax offers the opportunity to do one, it’s hard to say no with how great their other products have been. The GraceMesh feels like a very solid budget oriented case and you can check out the video below to see the full (albeit abridged) details! http://a.co/fXLiGyf


In Win 301 Gaming Case Review


Introduction Building computers is a work of progress. Most of us are happy if our first system turns on and we can successfully install Windows on it. After that we start finding ways to make Windows run smoother, cut the tearing/stuttering out of our gaming, make our cables look prettier, and even risk voiding warranties to overclock our parts for more performance. This is what we can consider the final stages of performance. However, if you’re really into building a PC for the sheer fun of building it, there’s a whole new level that makes a custom PC an entirely different experience. Most of our reviews focus on the straightforward attributes of a component’s ease of use, value, and performance. That frame of mind makes it very easy to give a recommendation on the majority of parts out there, but some companies force the reviewer to change their perspective entirely and gauge a product on a whole new level. That’s what In Win is going to do to us today. Sure, we’re not going to forget the practical aspects of this case, but we also have to consider the “Art” level of the design. This is the ultimate stage where a system becomes more than a high performance machine, but also represents a work of art reflecting the builder’s personal taste. In Win lives here and we’ll soon figure out how well the 301 Chassis fits into that level, right after taking a quick look at the values of this company. IN-WIN Development Inc., ...


 



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