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be quiet! – Pure Rock CPU Cooler Review

Introduction Over the last few years, be quiet! has developed quite a reputation for quality and performance. Now be quiet! offers quite a line up products from CPU Coolers, fans and even power supplies. Like their name implies, they have been praised because of how quiet there products are while still maintaining a superb performance standard. Today, we are going to be looking at a new CPU Cooler from them: the be quiet! Pure Rock. The Pure Rock is designed with the budget conscious consumer in mind, but with their well-known build quality behind it. We can’t wait to see what it brings to the table. The be quiet! Pure Rock CPU Cooler offers a single tower design with 4 copper heatpipe, offering a simple yet aesthetically pleasing fit and feel. There isn’t a whole lot of flashiness or bling to the Pure Rock Cooler, but its simplistic design can fit well with many builders not looking to add too much flare. Today, we will put the be quite! Pure Rock to the test and see how well it stacks up to its competition. Before we do that… let’s talk about who be quiet! is: About bequiet: bequiet! Is a premium brand manufacturer of power supplies and cooling solutions for your desktop PC. The Number 1 for power supplies in Germany bequiet! Products are convincing which is proved by reaching and defending the market leadership in PSU business in Germany since 2006 *. This is validated and accompanied by numerous awards for both power supplies and cooling solu...



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First DirectX 12, Now Vulkan

About a week ago, I posted my thoughts on AMD putting an end to Mantle and what that could mean for DirectX 12. While I was pretty excited, some people were quick to remind me that while DirectX 12 is low-level, it’s still proprietary. Well the good news is that I only had half of the story. Not only was AMD pointing developers to DirectX 12, but they also started pointing them to the new API from Khronos Group, Vulkan. For those unfamiliar with the Khronos Group (as I was a few days ago), they are the people responsible for OpenGL. In short, this API was originally designed for graphics workstations and while it could be used for gaming purposes, the code was built up over the span of 20 years making it difficult to program to. OpenGL ES was cleaner, but was only designed towards mobile devices. This is where Vulkan comes in. Vulkan has taken the best and brightest features of Mantle and brought the “close to the metal” concept to a completely open and cross-platform API. To put it simply, what DirectX 12 is accomplishing for Windows, Vulkan should be able to accomplish for pretty much every major graphics player in the industry including the Big 3 (INTEL, AMD, NVIDIA). Those of you who wanted something non-proprietary; it looks like you got it and it isn’t fragmenting the industry, which was a concern back in the early days of Mantle. The other really interesting thing about Vulkan is what it could mean for the future of SLI and Crossfire. Rumors ...



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DirectX 12 Looking Better with an End to Mantle

News just arrived that AMD is ending the Mantle API and directing developers to start working towards DirectX 12 instead. I’m sure the thought that comes to everyone’s mind is, “What on earth is going on!?!” When I first saw the end to Mantle, even I was slightly disappointed but as that segued into the appeal to start using DirectX 12, I felt the rush of excitement again. It may not seem like it, but I have a feeling this is really good news for what’s in store for the future of gaming. Let’s review what’s been happening in the API world a bit. A couple years back, Mantle starts claiming how it can boost performance on AAA titles and as results start flowing in, the potential for the gaming industry looked promising even if more work was needed. Fast forward to GDC 2014 and Microsoft announces DirectX 12 coming to the next version of Windows. What everyone was scratching their heads at was the inclusion of AMD, along with NVIDIA, INTEL and QUALCOMM, as one of the major supporters for the new Microsoft API. Why would AMD support something that was seemingly in direct competition with Mantle? Now, it looks like AMD saw potential to get in on the ground floor, which not only allowed them to make sure performance was going to reach their standards, but also allowed them to determine if they needed to spend resources keeping Mantle in the mix if their GPUs could benefit just as well from DirectX 12. So is this good news? At first, it ...



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Noctua NH-D9L and NH-U9S CPU Cooler Review

Introduction Noctua… When we hear the name Noctua, the first thing that normally comes to mind is the color brown. We all recognize this color as Noctua’s trademark design for its fans. However, we also have come to know that Noctua holds a strong place in the CPU air cooling category. The popular NH-D14 and NH-D15 model CPU Coolers are some of the top performing units available, and hang in there even with some of today’s top performing all in one water cooling units. But if you know anything about those monster heatsinks, they are massive in size and for anyone looking to fit them into smaller, more compact chassis, that is out of the question. It turns out that Noctua does offer a wide range of smaller coolers that can fit those needs, but you do sacrifice some performance due the smaller design. Today, we are going to be look at a 2 new coolers by Noctua that are meant to replicate its popular D15 twin tower design and a new single tower platform. If we have learned anything from Noctua’s quality and performance, we can probably expect to see the same great results, but we are gonna put these to the test and find out. So with that said, we proudly introduce the Noctua NH-U9S and the NH-D9L CPU Air Coolers. Before we move into the details of both coolers, let’s talk a little bit about who Noctua is: “Noctua comes from a cooperation of the Austrian Rascom Computerdistribution Ges.m.b.H. with the Taiwanese cooling specialist Kolink In...



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The Hardware Hound Episode 2

After a crazy 2014, the Hound is back taking care of business and boy did he have some catching up to do. On this episode, he covers a nuclear reactor disguised as a CPU cooler, some important features on Windows 10, and most importantly, new GPUs from both NVIDIA and AMD. So sit back, enjoy the show and get excited because great hardware news is always good news!



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Best of 2014

Intro and Honorable Mentions With 2014 having come and gone, I’m sure all of us are greatly looking forward to amazing hardware coming in 2015. But one thing we get to see a lot of is the “Best of” everything that happened in 2014. So even though 2015 is looking very promising, we thought it would be great to look back through the year and do our very own “Best of 2014.” We decided on 5 news pieces, and 10 reviews that were considered to be the cream of the crop. Are you ready for the picks? Before we go into our official list, something always gets left out that just couldn’t be squeezed in with the leaders of the pack. Due to the overwhelming guilt we felt on a couple of really good articles that we just didn’t want to leave out, we decided to have some Honorable Mentions. Our first one comes from the news category, The Hardware Hound Presents: Windows 10, a Gamer’s Perspective. Honorable News http://www.pureoverclock.com/2014/10/the-hardware-hound-presents-windows-10-a-gamers-perspective/ Windows 10 made a big wave that increased the more that details about the upcoming OS were released. Windows 8 had become a pretty big disappointment and 10 was poised to fix many of those problems. Then Microsoft released the tech preview. The Hardware Hound took it upon himself to give Windows 10 a full blown try, and the results were surprisingly satisfying. Windows 10 made a good first impression and as such, Pure Overclock was ab...



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PureOverclock’s Annual Winter Giveaway for 2014 Grand Prize Week!

  Welcome to PureOverclock’s Annual Winter Giveaway for 2014! Week 4 AKA Grand Prize Week!!  12/28-1/2 Drawing on 1-3-15  Please Read Terms and Conditions below before entering. SHIPPING TO US ONLY. INTERNATIONAL ENTRANTS WILL HAVE OPTION OF PRIZE BEING SHIPPED TO US ADDRESS.. The last three weeks have been an absolute blast for us at PureOC. Because of our amazing sponsors we were able to crown 64 lucky people as winners during this holiday season, taking home over 100 individual prizes. This is a bar that will be hard to top in the years to come but with a community such as PureOC I think we can do it. However for now, we have sadly reached the fourth and final week of the Winter Giveaway. This is the Grand Prize Week and boy is it Grand!! Never before have we be able to award such an awesome Grand Prize. One lucky soul will finish up the Holiday season with a brand new Gaming rig sponsored by AMD, ThermalTake and Kingston Technology, a collection of high-end parts and assembled by PureOC. We are not leaving everyone else out in the cold to drool over the gaming rig. We will be award three epic runner up prizes as well from our other sponsors Primochill, Phanteks, Kingston and Gigabyte. These prizes will set you on the path of gaming and custom build glory which we expect to witness in a PureOC build log. Make sure you check out the forum post for details.   We want to thank all of our sponsors for making this possible. Without them we would not have be...



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Biostar launches ‘exclusive’ A70M chipset FM2+ board

Biostar has announced a deal with AMD to launch a new FM2+ motherboard featuring an exclusive chipset, the A70M, designed to offer competitive features to the A68H and A58 chipsets at a lower price. Available exclusively on Biostar’s latest A70MGP motherboard, the A70M chipset packs in the most commonly-required features of its more expensive equivalents. Full support for quad- and dual-core FM2+ and FM2 processors, including both the AMD A-series and E2-series accelerated processing units (APUs) is featured as well as the Athlon II X4, along with support for 32GB of DDR3 memory across two DIMM sockets, four SATA 6Gb/s ports and two USB 3.0 ports at the rear. The board itself, meanwhile, uses a compact micro-ATX form factor. Before getting too excited, be aware that the new chipset does come with a few corners cut. The internal headers are USB 2.0 only, while the board features neither a DVI nor an HDMI connector for on-chip graphics; instead, users are forced into using an analogue VGA connection or installing a dedicated graphics card on the board’s PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot. Interestingly, this slot is joined by both a PCI-E 2.0 x1 slot and a legacy 32-bit PCI slot – a commitment to older peripherals which is continued with an internal RS232 serial port header and externally-accessible PS/2 port above the rear USB 2.0 ports. Pricing for the new board has yet to be confirmed, but it is expected to launch for less than its rival A68H chipset systems. Full...



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PureOverclock’s Annual Winter Giveaway for 2014 Week 3

Welcome to PureOverclock’s Annual Winter Giveaway for 2014! Week 3  12/21-12-26 Drawing on 12-27-14  Please Read Terms and Conditions below before entering. SHIPPING TO US ONLY. INTERNATIONAL ENTRANTS WILL HAVE OPTION OF PRIZE BEING SHIPPED TO US ADDRESS.. Those that participated in Week 2 were showered with 21 prizes from our great sponsors Primochill, Enermax\Lepa, ThermalTake, VisionTek, Bitfenix an Sapphire Technologies. We all thank you for supporting PureOC and the community! Now on to Week 3. Should we go even bigger? DUH!! Of course we should! We want as many members as possible to take something home to rub in their friends faces for not being a part of PureOC. You tried to tell them, but they wouldn’t listen. This week we are bringing back more goodies from DeepCool, Primochill, and Gamdias. We also will have some spectacular prizes from NZXT, XSPC, Antec and Phanteks. We will be crowning 28, yes we said 28 winners in week 3! A couple of important announcements before you enter. Hope you’re reading this! 1. Be sure to actually read the rules. Many of you are missing the posting on the thread section. Don’t follow, Don’t win. Simple. 2. There will be an mega size announcement coming later this week in our first PureOverclock Newsletter. We are super excited to finally get this off the ground so what better way to let all of our followers in on what we have in store for you. Trust me you will want to read it. So make sure you registe...



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GPU Wars Heating Up with New Leaks

2014 has almost passed and the year 2015 is quickly coming upon us. I used to be more excited about Christmas while dreading the new year in light of the stark reminder that gift anticipation was over and school was about to begin. Now, I’m an adult, Christmas means only one day off, and the upcoming GPU news makes 2015 a much more exciting prospect than that sock-shaped present under the tree. In recent days some performance numbers have leaked for not only the new AMD flagships, but NVIDIA has some mentions of their upcoming monster graphics cards as well which give us some gaming and power performance comparisons. Spoilers and speculation ahead! The first, and probably most, enticing info that was leaked were charts that showed the performance of the new GPUs with not only their older counterparts, but also showed tests that compared both manufacturers together. The first tests involved a compilation of 20 games followed by a single comparison of Battlefield 4. The next tests picked out several singular titles at 4k resolution. Without going into too much detail, the end result looks to have the AMD flagship card (Bermuda XT / R9 390X) taking the lead with the NVIDIA flagship (GM200 Full-fat) not far behind. This is amazing news because the green side has managed to hold on to the single GPU performance lead for some time. Red has countered with some impressive pricing structures, but with this kind of tight competition, we are bound to see some GPU wars that wil...



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AMD Suggest 16nm FinFET chips aren’t coming in 2015

  Source: DigitalTrends December is traditionally the time of year we grow closer to our families and friends, relax a little after many months of hard work, and feast on the rumors about what’s going to happen in the PC industry next year.   The latest teaser coming from the “Red Team” camp invokes an imminent APU and GPU fabrication process shift, pretty much quashing hopes for seeing 16 nanometer FinFET designs hit the mainstream in 2015. In the suggestive words of AMD’s very own Chief Technology Officer, Mark Papermaster, “we have our FinFET designs well underway, but we won’t be the first user, the bleeding edge of any new technology node.” In other words, the company’s designs are unlikely to start using the newest 16nm FinFET production process until 2016. It’s an understandable statement. AMD products have yet to hit 20nm, never mind 16nm, so they need to cross the former milestone first. The company isn’t far behind the curve in this regard, as GPU competitor Nvidia hasn’t hit 20nm yet, either, and many mobile SoCs are still built on a 28nm production node. But this does put AMD far behind big fish like Apple, Intel and Qualcomm.   Mark Papermaster emphasized 28 and 20-nanometer AMD products are in the works for 2015 releases, but sadly, mentioned nothing specific of rumored Caribbean Islands GPUs or revamped Carrizo APUs. We only heard that Carrizo is “very, very power optimized, with very, very efficient CPU and graphics”...



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PureOverclock’s Annual Winter Giveaway for 2014 Week 2

Welcome to PureOverclock’s Annual Winter Giveaway for 2014! Week 2 2 12/12-12-19 Drawing on 12-20-14  Please Read Terms and Conditions below before entering. SHIPPING TO US ONLY. INTERNATIONAL ENTRANTS WILL HAVE OPTION OF PRIZE BEING SHIPPED TO US ADDRESS. Week 1 was awesome! Congrats to all of the lucky winners that will be taking home prizes from all of the fantastic sponsors. Give a big interwebz hug and thanks to Primochill, Gamdias, Silverstone, DeepCool, Noctua, and In-Win for being great supporters of PureOC. There was so much interest in our Winter Giveaway we gained an additional sponsor, Please welcome Antec to the party! We will be seeing more from them in Week 3! It is hard to out do yourself but we are sure trying in Week 2 with a sponsor list containing our premier partner Primochill again, and all of our friends from Enermax\Lepa, Thermaltake, VisionTek, Bitfenix and Sapphire Technologies! Week 2 will make a total of 21 lucky people winners by the end of the week. All you have to do is use the app below and comment on the Week 2 Giveaway Thread in the forum. Easy as pumpkin pie! mhmmmm Pie! I know we will have a lot of people joining the giveaway and that is fine with us. Everyone needs to remember this is a FORUM Giveaway first and foremost. To say thank you to those that are part of the community. We welcome new faces as as we thank those we know. Happy Holidays and Good Luck to you all! PureOverlcock’s Winter Giveaway! Week 2



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PureOverclock’s Annual Winter Giveaway for 2014 Week 1

Welcome to PureOverclock’s Annual Winter Giveaway for 2014! Week 1  Please Read Terms and Conditions below before entering. SHIPPING TO US ONLY. INTERNATIONAL ENTRANTS WILL HAVE OPTION OF PRIZE BEING SHIPPED TO US ADDRESS. It has been another exciting year in the PC Technology and Gaming industry, new toys and new games for us all. Our viewership has grown and our community has never been better. Helpful, intelligent and all around awesome. If you are not a part of the forum then you are missing out on a lot of intelligent conversation and fun. We have seen some nice projects from members of PureOC and we want to keep things like this going. So we teamed up with our partners to bring you the most exciting Winter Giveaway ever. Don’t believe me? Stick around to find out if I’m right! I know we will have a lot of people joining the giveaway and that is fine with us. Everyone needs to remember this is a FORUM Giveaway first and foremost. To say thank you to those that are part of the community. We welcome new faces as as we thank those we know. Happy Holidays and Good Luck to you all! PureOverlcock’s Winter Giveaway! Week 1



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AMD R9 390X Possible Specs Spotted!

Maxwell did an amazing job of bringing the graphics card industry to a whole new level. Honestly, the architecture involved is quite amazing and we haven’t even seen the “Big Daddy” Maxwell card yet. (The 980 is by no means the top dog coming from Nvidia.) This put AMD under a lot of pressure to deliver something that could compare. The good news is that not only does AMD have a response, but if the leaked specs combined with HBM is true, the R9 390X could be as big of a game changer as Maxwell was a month ago. First, let’s take a quick peek at some of the more prevalent specs. The 390X is slated to sport 4096 GCN Cores. When compared to the 2816 Cores of the 290X, that leap seems pretty massive. It looks like we’re still showing 4GB of memory with a 1Ghz boost clock speed, but the next interesting fact about the Fiji architecture is the Manufacturing Process. These will be the first chips to feature the TSMC 20nm node which should help with efficiency and performance. The tiny taste of Tonga last month showed that AMD was heading down the path of better efficiency with better performance. However, outside of major architectural advantages that while extremely possible have not been seen yet, the improvements here may not seem out of this world. That is until we take a closer look at the memory being used. Some of you may have heard of HBM before but others may be scratching your heads. HBM stands for High Bandwidth Memory and sounds very much...



Nvidia quarterly revenue tops Wall Street expectations

(Reuters) – Nvidia (NVDA.O) on Thursday posted higher fiscal third-quarter revenue that was above Wall Street’s expectations, fueled by the company’s latest graphics chips for personal computers as well as processors for data centers and cars. Revenue in the fiscal third-quarter ended Oct. 26 was $1.225 billion, up 16 percent from the year-ago quarter, compared with analysts’ average estimate of $1.202 billion. For the current fourth quarter, Nvidia said it expects revenue of $1.20 billion, plus or minus 2 percent. Analysts on average expected fourth-quarter revenue of $1.198 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Third-quarter net income was $173 million, or 31 cents a share, compared to $119 million, or 20 cents a share, in the year-ago quarter. Non-GAAP earnings per share were 39 cents. After struggling to compete against larger chipmakers like Qualcomm (QCOM.O) in smartphones and tablets, Nvidia has increased its focus on using its Tegra chips to power entertainment and advanced navigation systems in cars made by companies including Volkswagen’s Audi, BMW and Tesla (TSLA.O). In the third quarter, revenue from Tegra chips for automobiles and mobile devices jumped 51 percent to $168 million. Nvidia’s much larger PC graphics chip business expanded 13 percent to $991 million. Shares of Nvidia rose 1.34 percent in extended trade, after closing up 0.45 percent at $20.22 on Nasdaq. Source (Reporting by Noel Randewich; Editing by Ch...






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