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What is Xigmatek doing? (P.S. It’s good!)

Boy, howdy! I’m just catching up all the news this week aren’t I? Well, not all of it, but I do want to point out a couple of things Xigmatek is doing in the PC market. At first glance, you might think they’re just releasing basic copies of other designs, but each product I noticed had one thing that shouldn’t be overlooked. The Prospect and the Scylla have one tiny detail that I think is revolutionizing the component market. Let’s look at the Xigmatek Prospect Chassis first. The front glass panel with the circular LED front fans is showing up more and more. The glass is nice, but we begin getting that carbon copy feel when we see this. That’s why it’s important not to miss where that PSU is located. It’s standing upward in the front of the case! This is something I really want to point out because it can do wonders for PC cooling. Xigmatek shows HDDs mounted on the bottom space where the PSU usually sits. However, if you replace that with some case fans, you have DIRECT cooling going to your GPU. I want this design to start catching on more. Second, I want to readdress the Xigmatek Scylla CPU coolers. I picked up on this a while back when I saw the news drop, but I’m glad to see that it looks like an official release now. The company decided to move the integrated pump into a spot on the radiator. Let’s think about this for a second. A closer look shows that the pump is taking up an effectively dead spot in the ...



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Deepcool is About to Blow Up the Case Market! Quadstellar, Ark 90 and More

One thing I think I’ve learned in my push to build a video channel is that there are still many people who need a consistent writing channel. Video is great! If a picture tells a thousand words, I’m sure a video tells a thousand pictures. (Easy to do at 60 FPS) The problem is, not everyone has as easy access to video as they do written publications. I don’t want anyone missing out on what Deepcool has in store for builders this year! In light of that, I wanted to show off their CES 2017 press release on this post in case you missed my video coverage of it earlier. Where do I even start with this company? Nevermind. Of course I’m starting with the Quadstellar! The looks of the Tristellar are fantastic, but I want full ATX motherboard support on my builds. That’s where this new case really stands out, but it also has RGB lighting and temperature controlled panels that open up when the system reaches a certain point. Words can’t describe how awesome that is, but Deepcool was only getting started. The Ark 90 and Earlkase Liquid are beautiful looking cases that complete the finish with a tempered glass side panel. The Baronkase Liquid ads a nice budget sector case (if you plan on buying liquid cooling) that includes a pre-installed Captain CLC. In fact all three of the last, aforementioned cases have pre-installed liquid cooling. The included press release is below so you can check out everything Deepcool showed off at CES. I’ve mentio...



Swiftech is Prepping for the AM4 Socket

Looks like Swiftech is all aboard the AMD Ryzen hype train! A more reasonable explanation would be that they’re following good business practices by being ready for the new release, but I like to believe in my hype theory. We’re pretty big fans of Swiftech around here and when it comes to top recommendations for AIO liquid cooling, we have a hard time finding a unit that compares to the Drive X2 series. Check out the press release below and get your adapter kit if you already have the appropriate Swiftech blocks. Swiftech Releases Socket AM4 Adapter Kit Long Beach, CA, February 9, 2017 – Rouchon Industries Inc., dba Swiftech® (OTC Pink Current: RCHN), today announced the release of a Socket AM4 Adapter Kit. The kit is compatible with the Apogee XL and XL2 waterblocks, and with the H140/220/240/320 X and X2 all-in-one cooling kits. NOTE: This mounting kit is also compatible with previous AM2/AM3 mounting sockets. For more information, please go to: http://www.swiftech.com/AM4MountingKit.aspx Pricing and Availability Product is now for sale and MSRP is USD $6.99. Purchase via our online web store and through our reseller channel worldwide. For a list of our current worldwide resellers: www.swiftech.com/usresellers.aspx Socket AM4 Adapter Kit   About Swiftech Swiftech is one of the leading forces driving the high-end thermal management scene in the personal computing industry. Known for pioneering work, innovation, and dedication to high performance and qu...



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NZXT Aer RGB LED Fans Review

Introduction We live in a new era. Some say it’s Trump’s America now, but I say that America belongs to RGB awesomeness! In fact, about the only component I can think of that doesn’t have RGB awesomeness built in is SSDs. Lighting schemes are getting better with more colors, easier integration for seamless coordination, and built into more components than ever before. NZXT has always managed to bring something great to the table and it seems like they’ve done it again with their new Aer RGB fans. These guys look great in pictures so following a quick look at the company, let’s dive right into what these bad boys (or girls if you prefer) can do. 13 YEARS OF SUCCESSFUL SERVICE CORE VALUES These are the principles that inspire our creativity, drive our decision-making, and guide us in bringing you the best PC gaming products possible. PURSUE PASSION WE ARE A COMPANY OF GAMERS CREATING THE BEST PRODUCTS FOR GAMERS. REVEL IN THAT. FOSTER COMMUNITY WORK AMONG FRIENDS. LISTEN TO AND SUPPORT OUR USERS. BOTH ENSURE OUR CONTINUED SUCCESS. DEMONSTRATE COURAGE GO BEYOND WHAT’S EXPECTED. DO NOT COMPROMISE OR FEAR MAKING MISTAKES. BE HUMBLE CONFIDENCE IS VITAL, BUT THERE’S ALWAYS MORE TO KNOW AND ACHIEVE. ACCEPT ACCOUNTABILITY WHAT WE THINK, SAY, AND DO MUST BE IN COMPLETE ALIGNMENT. OWN VICTORY AND DEFEAT. LOOK FURTHER GREAT IDEAS COME FROM ANYWHERE, NOT JUST OUR INDUSTRY. EXPAND WHERE YOU SEEK INSPIRATION.



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The Hardware Hound’s Ultimate PC Case Design: Episode 2

It seemed like yesterday I was starting this project, but a few reviews and a CES later and I realize that this could take a bit longer than expected. That said, the ultimate case design seems to be coming along nicely. Check out the latest episode below to begin seeing how the design is starting to pull together. Stay with us here at PureOC because we have a lot of product reviews on the way, including a new Z270 platform for benching. As always, huge thanks go out to NZXT for sponsoring my project. Take a moment to visit their site! https://www.nzxt.com/ Episode 1 Intro



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NZXT Kraken X62 Liquid CPU Cooler Review

Introduction It feels like PC hardware has come a long way in a short time and I’m not talking about performance. Even 10 years ago, ugly white boxes and solid metal side panels were still a norm for many a desktop out there. Today, if it isn’t meant to look pretty, then it isn’t meant to be seen. We have excellent heatsink designs, decorative I/O shields, tempered glass side panels and RGB in just about every component. PCs have never looked better, but that didn’t stop NZXT from trying to raise the bar higher than it already is. The Kraken series has always been a great group of CPU coolers. In fact, this is only the second time NZXT has decided to revise the series since its release. The X62 looks like it has some nice improvements to help performance, but it’s that gorgeous design that makes it an exciting unit to review. We’ll look at all the ins and outs of this new design, but first let’s check out a statement from NZXT themselves. 13 YEARS OF SUCCESSFUL SERVICE CORE VALUES These are the principles that inspire our creativity, drive our decision-making, and guide us in bringing you the best PC gaming products possible. PURSUE PASSION WE ARE A COMPANY OF GAMERS CREATING THE BEST PRODUCTS FOR GAMERS. REVEL IN THAT. FOSTER COMMUNITY WORK AMONG FRIENDS. LISTEN TO AND SUPPORT OUR USERS. BOTH ENSURE OUR CONTINUED SUCCESS. DEMONSTRATE COURAGE GO BEYOND WHAT’S EXPECTED. DO NOT COMPROMISE OR FEAR MAKING MISTAKES. BE HUMBLE CONF...



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The Hardware Hound and the Ultimate PC Case

Have you ever felt that chassis airflow needs to be improved? Or maybe you’ve bought a really great looking PSU, only to have it mostly hidden in the bottom of your case? How do you keep a Crossfire or SLI configuration cool if you don’t plan to put it under liquid? These are all questions The Hardware Hound has officially decided to tackle. Welcome to the build log of the Ultimate PC Case. The project involves building a case that not only has a strategically optimized airflow design, but also keeps the system looking amazing in the process. Check out the video below so you can get an intro to the project and stay posted to PureOC to keep up with the updates on the project. PureOC gives a huge thanks to NZXT for helping sponsor the project. Check out their site at the link below and we’ll catch ya’ next time! https://www.nzxt.com/



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Filling the Loop: SENNHEISER Headsets, TAI-HAO Keycaps, AQUA COMPUTER cuplex kryos NEXT

As a hardware news and review writer, I find that it can be pretty difficult to keep up with everything happening in the industry. It could be that, or it could be the full time job with a family that crunches the schedule a bit. But that’s the life of a freelancer and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Still, there’s some good news worthy releases I’ve received that I’ve been dying to get out to you, but haven’t had the time until now. Let’s fill the loop on some interesting products from SENNHEISER, TAI-HAO and AQUA COMPUTER. I hate to admit it but I was deleting PRs from SENNHEISER because I didn’t realize they were different from the other spam emails I get. Let’s just say spam filters aren’t perfect and I check all of my promotional emails a bit closer now. Still, consistency is not an issue for them and I began noticing what I thought were some pretty impressive products. SENNHEISER deals in gaming headsets, but also has a host of other audio products to check out. For this update, I particularly want to point out the GSP 350 gaming headset with Dolby 7.1 Surround. While I can’t verify the audio quality, the design looks excellent and some user reviews I looked at indicate that the company generally has pretty good sound. Even then, there were a couple of features that looked interesting. One design detail I really like is the fact that the mic will automatically mute when you raise the boom, negating t...



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The NZXT Kraken is Getting an Update

Some products go through numerous revisions in an ever-evolving attempt to gain relevance. Others are so good at the start that revisions are few and far between. The Kraken falls into the latter group, having had a great reputation since the very first releases. In fact, the Kraken lineup has only seen one revision since it’s first release years ago. With that in mind, it’s pretty exciting to see that NZXT is about to release the X42, X52 and X62 coolers with some simple improvements that will keep the Kraken name going strong. The revisions on the series are nothing major, but look like they’ll keep the Kraken performing well in cooling and silence. The pump seems to be a bit stronger with what looks like an improved lighting effect, while the added Aer P fans seem to follow in a similar fashion. There’s some other improvements, but what I like about this is the concept of bringing better cooling performance without sacrificing the noise the unit will have. The reviews will confirm this, but I’m not seeing much to indicate that this won’t be the case here. On top of that, NZXT is including a phenomenal 6-year warranty. That’s pretty ambitious for a CLC. Availability on the units will be about a month out, but I’m already excited to see how the new Kraken units will do. Once again, NZXT’s lineup already has a good reputation that didn’t require a whole lot to be changed, but I doubt anybody will complain about an...



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LAMPTRON CM430 Fan Controller Review

Introduction Fan controllers aren’t quite as essential as they used to be. Even just a few years back, you almost needed to have one if you had more than 3 or 4 fans in your case. Today, we see numerous cases coming with their own controllers, or adding a nice compact hub in the cable management space. That can make it tough on fan controllers today, but a nice display can really add a lot to the look of the front of your case. We have a nice looking one from LAMPTRON today that comes in 3 different colors. We’ll get into the details soon, but first, here’s a quick word about a company you might not have heard much about. Don’t let that fool you though because they seem to know their way around the fan controller market. Lamptron develops and markets the next generation of high performance computer peripherals using the latest technology that enables a new level of interaction between the end-user and their personal computer. Products developed are through a combination of proprietary technology, innovation and ergonomic industrial design. There are three principal business sectors: PC Gaming products PC Silence products PC Modding products Products are designed and developed by our experienced Research and Development Department.Our engineering and R&D staffs specialize in user analysis, material control and industry design. Lamptron not only has expertise in product easy-to-use and product design, but we also plays a vital role in the enhan...



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GAMER STORM Captain 240EX CPU Cooler Review

Introduction I’m no Disney Princess, but I can officially say dreams come true. From the moment I saw the first Captain series of CPU coolers, I’ve dreamt of getting my hands on one. Well, that’s become reality now and we even have the upgraded version to put through the paces this time around. The Captain already did an excellent job of changing the way we look at CLCs, but the EX series adds some great aesthetic improvements to really top the look off. The only thing left to find out is if there’s some good performance behind those fancy looks. DEEPCOOL is the parent company behind the GAMER STORM branding. The last time we took a look at one of their products was with an air cooler almost three years ago. Needless to say, they’ve come a long way since then. I love talking about the Captain series, but GAMER STORM has numerous products that look completely awesome and you should certainly check out what they have to offer. We’ll begin looking closer at the Captain 240EX right after seeing a quick word from the company themselves. Company Info Deepcool was founded with the mission of providing the best performance and humanized thermal solutions for worldwide customers. Established in 1996, headquartered in Beijing, factory was established in Shen Zhen, Deepcool originally produced desktop, server coolers and cooling accessories. With the rapid development of personal computers, Deepcool expanded the business into AIO liquid cooling pr...



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DEEPCOOL Launches Upgraded Captain EX Series

Liquid cooling is becoming a monster in the enthusiast realm. The good news is that we’ve seen some incredible innovations in the industry. The bad news is we’ve seen a bunch of copy cats and units that exist for the sake of existing. Thankfully, DEEPCOOL takes the closed-loop unit and makes it look like a gamer’s dream come true. The first Captain series had the perfect pump/block design, but opted for the corrugated tubing which took away from some of the visual flair it had. Now, DEEPCOOL has upgraded the Captain series with the EX suffix bringing some notable changes. The most welcome change is the braided sleeving on the tubes getting rid of that clunky corrugated look. Considering we have a nuclear reactor (some prefer the term “steam punk”) sitting on the CPU, the braided sleeving compliments the unit far better than before. On top of that, DEEPCOOL upgraded the fans to their Gamer Storm Series with the double blade. While the double blade may not add a significant performance benefit, it does add a significant aesthetic benefit. This continues to compliment the design of the rest of the unit and makes the Captain EX series stand out in comparison to any other CLC unit. On the flip side, the aluminum radiator and average looking pump strength are things that keep CLCs from performing on the level of custom loops. While the Captain EX series looks great, it’s bound to perform on a close level to other similar units. Overall, I real...



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SWIFTECH H320 X2 Review

Introduction Today we have yet ANOTHER CLC…. Haha! I’m just kidding. What SWIFTECH is doing in the cooling market is unprecedented and to say that it’s “just another” AIO unit would be doing the H320 X2 a vast injustice. That being said, just because a company advertises top features doesn’t mean that a particular unit will measure up. Spoilers: that isn’t the case for our unit here, but we’ll dive into the details soon enough. What SWIFTECH is doing is bringing the custom cooling experience to the PC without all the risks involved in putting water so close to delicate computer parts. I have to say, I was extremely excited to get my hands on this unit and I can’t wait to tell you how it went for me. Just hang in there! We’ll get to the H320 X2 soon, but before we do, let’s hear a word from SWIFTECH. Swiftech® was founded in 1994 by Gabriel Rouchon, and incorporated in 2001 under the legal entity name of Rouchon Industries Inc., dba Swiftech. Its sales skyrocketed in early 2001 following the release of the famed MC370 line of heatsinks. Reviews of the heatsink in the Internet Press propelled Swiftech® into the limelight as the number one source for high-performance heatsinks in the aftermarket computer parts Industry. Over the course of the last decade, Swiftech® has emerged as one of the leading forces driving the high-end thermal management scene in the personal computer industry. Pioneering work, in...



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NZXT Manta Mini-Tower Case

I love this case the layout and design are awesome plus you have all the attributes of a mid-tower in a smaller footprint.



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Deepcool Assassin II CPU Cooler Review

Introduction When it comes to the CPU Cooling market, we know that there are lots of choices out there. But with so many options, how do we know which one is the right one? There are many aspects to choosing the right cooler for you. First, you need to look at what’s important… Here are a few questions you should ask yourself: 1. What kind of processor or platform will I be installing? 2. Will I need something that can handle overclocking? 3. What size of cooler do I need for my mainboard and case? We all know that picking the right cooler is also pretty subjective, as there are a wide variety of styles to choose from. If you have landed on this page, then you are heading in the right direction. Looking at reviews and comparing test results is the first step to researching the right CPU Cooler for your setup. Today, we have the pleasure to introduce to you the Deepcool Assassin II CPU Cooler. The Deepcool name has not been around for a long time. Unlike Cooler Master, Noctua, Thermaltake, Phanteks and other major mainstream brands, Deepcool is fairly new in this arena. We have only started to see them gain popularity in the last few years and we have to say that in this short time, they have grown quite a bit. The products we have seen from Deepcool are not only unique, but frequently offer outstanding performance. Will the Deepcool Assassin II CPU Cooler meet your needs? Today we are going to help you answer some of those questions. Let’s take a loo...






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