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Does Skylake Interest You? Here’s a Round-up of Z170 Motherboards

Introduction Do you remember back in the good ole days when a new processor would release, there would only be maybe 2-3 high end motherboards you’d have to choose from? Well those days are so far gone that now there is a figurative ocean of great motherboards to wade through in order to find the right one, and that’s a great thing. Even I’ve been a tad shocked at the shear number of new releases that have come out with Skylake and the Z170 chipset. Unfortunately, life isn’t going to permit me to bring you an exhaustive list of every Z170 motherboard that’s out or coming soon, but I will give you a pretty comprehensive list of the boards that you should be looking out for. The way I worked through this is I decided to pick out the top of the line boards that I feel are doing things right. The competition is looking great and while I can’t make a decision for anyone, I can help pool some of the info I’ve been gathering to try and help you make a good choice. What’s nice is even if these top tier boards are out of your budget range, there are plenty of other options abroad that will most likely suit you. Generally, if a high tier board is performing well and breaking records, you have a pretty good bet that others are going to come pretty close to the same performance. The one manufacturer I couldn’t bring myself to add to this list is EVGA. They just seem to pale in comparison to what the other companies are doing. So ...


Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Chassis Review

Introduction In the last few years, the PC chassis world has grown dramatically. With the large number of case makers jumping into the market, finding the right chassis has proven to be a tough job for some. However, while your options are pretty limitless with so many makers, sometimes it’s just about what options and quality they come with. So with that in mind, today we are going to be looking at a new chassis by reputable maker Phanteks. Phanteks has been known to produce some of today’s top performing air coolers while using some of the most unique and high quality designs. Phanteks joined the chassis market when it first announce the Phanteks Enthoo Primo. Since that case, they have quickly built a solid reputation on quality and attractive designs. Today we are going to bring you another Phanteks case with its own unique twist. Before we dive into the nitty gritty of the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv, let’s talk a little about Phanteks. About Phanteks “Phanteks was founded from a group of engineers with a total of 20 years of international experience in thermal solutions. They paired up with a Dutch design team and established Phanteks in 2007. Phanteks venture into the CPU cooling industry with two goals in mind, high-end quality and innovative products in thermal solutions. As a relatively young company, we strive to develop top quality and superior products. Our Phanteks Design Team is situated in the Netherlands and consists of creative researchers, ...

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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...


ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme Motherboard Review

Introduction   When it comes to the gods of ASUS ROG (Republic of Gamers) motherboards, we can only think of one right of the top of our heads. The Rampage Series takes the lead in many categories in terms of performance and stability, and with the newest X99 chipset from Intel, ASUS made no exception with the ASUS Rampage V Extreme motherboard this time around. Over the last decade, ASUS’ Rampage Extreme Series motherboards have taken popularity by storm and give you the reputation of great overclocking stability, and all the while being among the top performing motherboards in the industry. Today, we have a chance to put its newest edition to the test and see if ASUS can remain at the top of the list. While performance is one arena we look at, the aesthetics from the Rampage Series have always remained appealing and its red and black theme follows suit with its traditional colors. While this theme is well known in the industry, in our opinion it’s a little played out but we can’t argue that it’s pretty darn sexy at the same time.   So without going into too much detail, let’s dive in and take a look at a full in depth view of the ASUS Rampage V Extreme paired with our Intel 5930K. But before we do that, let’s here a word from ASUS. Origin of the Name “Asus” ASUS comes from the last four letters of Pegasus, the winged horse in Greek mythology that represents the inspiration of art and learning. ASUS embodies the strength, ...


Enermax Liqtech 240 & Liqmax 120 CPU Cooler Review

All in one liquid cooling units are among the popular cooling solutions recently. With AIO units gaining popularity due to their cost to performance ratio, it doesn't come as a surprise. If we look back a mere 2 years ago, liquid AIO cooling units were few and far between, and only a hand of manufacturers offered this type cooling solution. However, today we find AIO units flooding the market, and selecting the right one can be a hard choice with so many readily available. Today are going to be looking at 2 units from Enermax that recently joined in on this market. We have the Enermax Liqtech 240 and Liqmax 120S AIO cooling units on the test bench. While choosing AIO units should be based on cooling performance, sometimes we find that aesthetics and software can be a deciding factor as well. Let's put both these units on our bench for testing today, but before we do that, let's talk about Enermax for just a moment.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches Wide Array of Products at Computex 2014

ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches Wide Array of Products at Computex 2014 – Gaming focused products include the new G20 desktop, GR8 console PC, GX500 notebook, Maximus VII Formula, Impact and Crossblade Ranger motherboards, plus the Ares III graphics card and SWIFT PG278Q Display – Fremont, CA (June 3, 2014) – ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today displayed at Computex 2014 its new line-up of products for gamers in pursuit of portability, class leading design and extreme performance. These exciting products include the powerhouse G20 small-form-factor desktop, the GR8 that delivers PC gaming power in a console design and the ultra-thin, ultra-cool GX500 gaming notebook. To tantalize gaming and performance enthusiasts, ROG also showcased the flagship Z97-based Maximus VII Formula, Maximus VII Impact mini-ITX powerhouse, Crossblade Ranger — ROG’s first AMD FM2+ gaming motherboard — and the limited-edition Ares III, the world’s fastest graphics card powered by dual Radeon™ Hawaii XT GPUs and cooled by a custom-designed EK water block. Commenting on ROG’s Computex 2014 presentation, ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih said, “Performance is what we live and breathe for at ROG. Our design aesthetics are about creating a sense of pride and belonging, way beyond the use of lines or colors. We take it upon ourselves to transform your desires and imagination into a myriad of products that are both beautiful and powerful — to deliver an epic gaming experience. T...

ASUS Announces Strix R9 280 and Strix GTX 780

  ASUS Announces Strix R9 280 and Strix GTX 780 New gaming graphics card series features 0dB fan technology and DirectCU II thermal design for performance up to 15% faster, 20% cooler and 3X quieter than reference Taipei, Taiwan (21st May, 2014) — ASUS today announced Strix R9 280 and Strix GTX 780, two new graphics cards powered the RadeonTM R9 280 and GeForce® GTXTM 780 graphics-processing units (GPUs) and designed for players who like to game on the edge of instinct. Taken from the ancient Roman and Greek word for owl, Strix is the brand name for the stunning new ASUS gaming-gear series. Strix means the keenest hearing and sharpest eyesight and the ability to feel the environment, enabling the player to detect and react to even the slightest movement. Strix means survival on the very edge of instinct. Strix is in gamers’ blood, just as it is in ours. The Strix brand will this year expand to include a wide variety of gaming gear, including exceptionally-agile mice, super-cool gaming graphics cards, boundary-pushing keyboards and awesome gaming headsets. The first products are these graphics cards and the Strix Pro gaming headset. The new Strix R9 280 and Strix GTX 780 graphics cards are packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including DirectCU II that delivers cooler, quieter and faster performance for high-end action gaming and 0dB-cooling technology for lighter-gameplay sessions in total silence. The cards also feature exclusive ASUS DIGI+ voltage-regulatio...

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ASUS Z97 Maximus VII Hero Motherboard Review

ROG is the popular abbreviation for Asus' Republic of Gamers line of PC enthusiast products. The ROG series motherboards started out as the flagship line of the ASUS series motherboards as far back as the X58 chipset. Since then, it has featured the signature red and black aesthetic theme, which has carried on over the last few years, and has continued due to its popularity and success. Since that time, Asus has made several variations of their ROG line for multiple price points. Today, we are going to be looking at the ASUS Z97 Maximus VII Hero. This motherboard is the evolution of the previous Maximus Hero line, which was originally developed for the more budget conscious consumer during the Z87 chipset launch. With on-going success, ASUS continues to bring the Maximus Hero line, which is now feature packed and is available for any board within its price point. Let's put the ASUS Z97 Maximus VII Hero to the test to see if it can meet the great performance that ASUS is known for.


Nvidia Charity Auction Announcement

NVIDIA and Falcon Northwest have partnered together to build a one-of-a-kind gaming PC. Nvidia is now auctioning this amazing system to raise funds for the Philip Scholz Memorial Foundation, honoring an NVIDIA brother who was tragically killed earlier this year when he heroically removed an individual from train tracks and was hit. The Foundation bearing Phil’s name provides scholarships to needs-based youth and promotes outdoor physical activities involving his favorite pastime, baseball. This amazing PC uses all the latest technology to deliver absolutely raging performance in a cool, quiet platform. It starts with the award-winning GeForce GTX Titan Black – the world’s fastest single GPU. And it includes Intel’s latest Core i7 CPU, the 4770K, running on an ASUS z87 Maximus motherboard loaded with 16GB of GSKILL DDR3 memory. The storage system is based on two 1TB M50 SSDs from Crucial. And it’s all wrapped up in the most impressive chassis available today – the Tiki — custom designed in NVIDIA green, with a laser cutout window so everyone can see the beast that lives within. This entire system is fully warranted by Falcon Northwest. To learn more about Phil and the way he changed those around him, see this story from San Jose Mercury News. The direct auction link is here: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=151292393844 A video has also been posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ug3QFKKyV0

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ASUS A88X-Pro Motherboard Review

When AMD announced the launch of the new FM2+ based socket for the up coming "Kaveri" APU Processor, manufacturers were in full force with the launch of new motherboards. Over the next few weeks we caught a glimpse of the up coming releases, and its design and aesthetics caught our attention. In the past, we have seen some nice products for the APU socket line, but the motherboards were never as fancy as some of the enthusiast boards we have come to see with the higher end chipsets and processors, like the AMD FX Series, the 990FX chipset line. With AMD's FX Series road map unclear, and AMD's APU series processors rising success, it was only a matter of time before we start to see more enthusiast style motherboards hit the market. Today, we have the pleasure of taking a look at an ASUS motherboard that sports the fancy aesthetics and brings to the table the full enthusiast experience that the APU market has missed out on before. Today we have the ASUS A88X-Pro Motherboard which runs the flagship A88X chipset. This is one of the 3 chipsets launched for the FM2+ based Kaveri APU. So, the question that most of us have today is does all this fancy aesthetic meet the demands of an enthusiast's desire? Well today we are going to put the ASUS A88X Motherboard to the test and find out.

ASUS First in World to Unleash Full SATA Express Performance

ASUS First in World to Unleash Full SATA Express Performance Exclusive SRIS BIOS architecture ensures owners of future ASUS motherboards enjoy full performance, and best compatibility of the latest SATA Express hardware Taipei, Taiwan (23rd April, 2014) — ASUS today announced that research and development work supported by Intel® has led to the discovery of a BIOS structure that unleashes the true full potential of the latest SATA Express interface standard on future ASUS motherboards. Following the CES 2014 debut of the ASUS Z87-Deluxe/SATA Express concept motherboard, ASUS and Intel continued working together to ensure that users enjoy the full performance of the SATA Express interface and SATA Express components. The joint research effort means that ASUS is the first motherboard manufacturer in the world to discover and implement a technology that is critical for SATA Express to perform at its best — the Separate Reference Clock with Independent Spread Spectrum Clocking Architecture, or SRIS for short. In order to identify and validate this exciting and valuable breakthrough, ASUS developed Hyper Express, an exclusive 2.5-inch SATA Express external enclosure. This smart invention is a concept device that accommodates two mSATA devices and enabled ASUS engineers to measure extensively SATA Express interface design, allowing us to finely engineer new motherboard designs to unleash the new standard’s full speed.   Full-speed SATA Express with SRIS in the BIOS In or...

ASUSTOR Announces Compatibility for ASUS Xonar Series USB DAC Devices

  ASUSTOR Announces Compatibility for ASUS Xonar Series USB DAC Devices ASUSTOR integrates four USB DAC devices from ASUS including the Xonar Essence III, Xonar Essence One, Xonar Essence STU and Xonar U3, providing users with a rich and full hi-fi listening experience. Taipei, Taiwan, April 15th 2014 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, announced today that it has added support for USB digital-to-analog audio converters (DAC) giving ASUSTOR users the ability to use a USB DAC to increase the quality of audio output from their NAS devices. A USB DAC can be conveniently used in concert with ASUSTOR’s SoundsGood music player App to provide users with a heightened listening experience featuring fuller and deeper sound. Featured in this integration of USB DAC devices are four models from ASUS. These models include the Xonar Essence III, Xonar Essence One, Xonar Essence STU and Xonar U3. “Today’s NAS applications have evolved from the traditional storage and backup functions as demand for multimedia functionality has taken off,” said Steve Huang, Product Manager at ASUSTOR. “ASUSTOR has made great efforts to support the increasing multimedia demands of NAS users by providing compatibility for a wide range of peripherals. With this integration of USB DAC devices, ASUSTOR users will be able to savor a fully enhanced hi-fi listening experience when playing music from their NAS.” The exclusive SoundsGood Web music pl...

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ASUS Z87 WS Motherboard Review

Introduction In the world of custom PC Building, consumers and builders frequently ask what the best motherboards are for Gaming PC Builds. While these are always valid questions, some folks are looking to build a high end rendering or workstation PC. The Z87 series chipset has plenty of options from the budget friendly models to enthusiast gaming motherboards; however, workstation motherboards are not as readily available. That changes today. We are going to be looking at a motherboard from ASUS, one of the few manufacturers who created a Z87 chipset based WS (workstation) motherboard to meet this niche market. We have the ASUS Z87 WS on our test bench, and we are going to put this baby to through the ringer. As an interesting aside, one of the few features of this motherboard which immediately caught our attention is the available support of Quad SLI and Crossfire with 4 PCIe slots available. Not many Z87 motherboards offer this out of the box. There are also tons of other features that we typically don’t see with your “typical” Z87 chipset motherboard. Does this bode well for this unique new board? Read on to find out! Let’s get the review started by talking about the 8 Series chipset, but first here’s a quick word about Asus:   Origin of the Name “Asus” ASUS comes from the last four letters of Pegasus, the winged horse in Greek mythology that represents the inspiration of art and learning. ASUS embodies the strength, cre...


ASUS R9 280X DirectCU II TOP

We're focusing on the ASUS R9 280X DirectCU II TOP, an upper-range peformance card that retails around $420. ASUS is a company that continues to challenge notions and offer cutting edge technology for enthusiasts, and as a result, we've come to expect big things from ASUS. In terms of competition, the R9 280X is positioned against Nvidia's GTX 770, but as you'll see in testing, it's not quite that simple, as there are some apples and oranges comparisons here in terms of features; after all, gaming framerates only tell part of the story. So, let's take a closer look at the ASUS R9 280X DirectCU II TOP to find out how it measures up.


ASUS P9X79-E WS Motherboard Review

Introduction The X79 based chipset motherboards have been out for quite some time now and with the recent launch of Intel Ivy-Bridge E chips, Intel didn’t do much at this time to improve the chipset. Some will say it’s not needed and some will advise against this and say go for the new release of the Z87 based chipset. While the Z87 base chipset did have great improvements for the newly release Haswell chips, we still see a strong stand from the X79 chipset. Today, we are going to take a look at a board from ASUS that has given the X79 chipset a revision which will push the limits and take full use on Ivy-B E. This is the new ASUS P9X79-E WS motherboard. What does WS stand for? Well this is designed to be a workstation motherboard for those serious video encoders or server and workload crunching. Of course, it makes for a great enthusiast’s motherboard too.   While this P9X79-E WS (workstation) motherboard is not as mainstream as some of the newer Z87 chipset based boards, ASUS has put together some unique touches to offer better performance and features. Let’s dive in a talk more about what this X79 chipset based board can do.  

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