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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...



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...



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...



Enermax NEOChanger RGB Reservoir and Pump Combo Review

Introduction This was it. The moment I’ve been waiting for from the first day I joined PureOC. I took the res out of the box, grabbed a fitting, and gently screwed it into the port…..OH MY GOODNESS! That was my last moment to turn back and be a normal computer user. From this moment on, I can only imagine making even better custom cooling loops in the future. The look of a new XSPC fitting inside the Enermax NEOChanger brought new levels of joy that reminded me of my very first PC build, then I bent the edges of the next fitting by screwing it in a bit too tightly and knew that the experience was just like my first computer build. Enough about me, though. Let’s get into this beautiful looking piece of hardware from Enermax. I think their designers have pointedly found pieces of hardware that don’t represent RGB LED enough and decided to fix the problem themselves. I absolutely love them for this! Here at PureOC, it started with the NEOllusion and continues today with the NEOChanger. How will Enermax fair in the custom cooling arena? We’ll find out right after a brief word about the company. Lepatek Corporation an ENERMAX Company is an exclusive authorized supplier for ENERMAX and LEPA brand products for both North America and South America. Lepatek Corporation strives to provide only high quality products within the Computer Hardware & Components and Consumer Electronics market. Both manufacturers specialize in high-end computer componen...



Lamptron CL420 – One Controller to Rule Them All!

You might have seen the name Lamptron pop up on our site a couple of times. They might seem a bit obscure, but they have some surprisingly cool products that cover niches not explored by other companies. Our recent review of their LED strips showed some brilliant designs in giving users lighting control without software or a large-ish control boxes. Once again, Lamptron is at it with designing an all-in-one RGB LED Light and Fan controller. The CL420 is a 5.25″ bay controller that is meant to control LED strips and RGB LED fans from nearly every manufacturer. If you like NZXT’s strips but prefer the lighting design on Corsair’s fans, in theory you can control each from this single controller. The question comes in how many lighting options you’ll have, but it’s nice to know that you wouldn’t need any additional software to handle the settings. Based on the performance of their recent RGB LED strips, I imagine there will be numerous effects built into the controller. The good news is it looks like Lamptron already has a page up on their site for the CL420. You can check out the details at the link below, but it’s hard to narrow down what the availability and price will be at the time being. Hopefully time will permit us to get a chance to take a look at it and really see what it’s capable of. http://www.lamptron.com/2016/08/08/lamptron-cl420-case-controller/



While we were Sleeping, Raijintek was Lighting it Up!

A while back, Raijintek introduced some new CPU coolers that were pretty excellent. Well, I inadvertently let them off my radar, but that didn’t stop them from going crazy with awesome new product designs. Why am I writing about this? I’m saying that you will probably be interested in the new designs coming out of this company. For starters, they have numerous aluminum case designs that mix a great aesthetic blend of gaming and professional looks. Not many designers try to compete in this field but I think Raijintek is bringing some great things to the table. On the top of that list is the Paean. This is one of the nicest open designs I’ve personally seen and would also make a great test bench as well, imho. I was digging through their products and noticed an aftermarket air cooler called the Morpheus II Core Edition. A black coated air cooler for GPU cooling up to 360 watts? Yes, please! Raijintek also has products ranging from CPU air coolers and RGB LED fans, as well a nice assortment of custom loops liquid cooling parts. It looks like they’re just getting started and I have high hopes that we have some great things in store from them in the future. Check out their website in the link below and let us know what you think in the forums! http://www.raijintek.com/en/index.php



NZXT Kraken G12 Video Card Cooling Bracket Review

Introduction Liquid cooling is all the rage with these kids today, but back in my day…. Ah who am I kidding? I’ve mostly experienced the ease and simplicity of CLC units myself. While I firmly believe that aluminum rads and integrated pumps have their clear performance limits, CLCs offer a simple, yet fairly safe alternative to air cooling while giving consumers a huge variety in aesthetic design. The only problem is that these units have primarily catered to cooling the CPU. NZXT is trying to change that with their Kraken G12 cooling bracket. Even though it isn’t a full closed loop cooler, it’s supposed to easily adapt the Kraken (an other) coolers to be used on a graphics card instead of your CPU. The concept is great and I suspect we’re getting closer to an age where extra cooling isn’t going to net near as much of a benefit on a 95W CPU as it is on a massive 300W GPU. Before we move on, let’s take a quick look at NZXT’s company values. 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...



Corsair Takes their Lighting Control to the Next Level, Reveals Awesome Concept Cases, and Launches Water Resistant Keyboard

Corsair got busy the last couple of weeks with things that are bound to make a few of us drool. Of course, with Computex having finished, it was bound to be a busy press week so of course I’d have several releases to catch up on. I already saw the tweets for the new RGB lighting control and I have to say that I love what I’ve seen. On top of that though, we have some new case concepts, as well as the launch of a water resistant K68 keyboard. The LED control on Corsair’s RGB products looks fantastic. Of course, photos tend to do that, but it seems like we’re getting the option of individual LED control which is a great addition to products like the Crystal series cases. The concepts that were showcased at CES look like they were pretty fun to design, even if they don’t end up as consumer level products. Forget water cooling builds, you can fit small children (or reviewers) inside the design of the one case. On top of that, Corsair released a water resistant keyboard while managing to still give us mechanical switches and LED backlighting. While I’m not prone to spill stuff on my keyboard, I did have a cat puke on one which effectively ruined it as well, so water resistant can be extremely useful to have. There’s a few shots of the products so you have a rough idea of what happened, but for full details simply follow the links below. Needless to say, I’m extremely excited about that beautiful RGB awsomeness being showcased in ...



Phanteks Announces the new Glacier C350a CPU Water block for AMD Platforms

This is what I love about the component industry. You can never see it all and something will always surprise you. For instance, I knew Phanteks had gorgeous cases, but I was surprised to find out about their stunning CPU blocks as well. While they are fairly new, the Intel ones have been out for a few months now. Hey, at least I know about them now. Since the press release has all the details and beautiful images, check that out below. http://www.phanteks.com/PH-C350a.html (Click the image for larger sizes)



Deepcool Launches Gammaxx GT RGB Air Cooler and Earlkase RGB PC Case at Computex

Oh Deepcool, I love you! Not only did I get the chance to build in the Genome II recently and find out how great of an experience it was, but you send your press releases in Word documents. You know how to make a freelance journalist’s life so much easier in so many ways. Oh! Deepcool has an awesome RGB air cooler and case coming out. I’m surprised that RGB air coolers are so few and far between, but 2017 seems to be the year to bring more options to the market. With the Gammaxx GT, not only do we have the obvious option of an RGB fan, but Deepcool integrated the customizable lighting into the top cover as well. Following the cooler, Deepcool is adding the Earlkase RGB case to their lineup as well. It’s interesting that there doesn’t seem to be any included fans with the chassis, but the case is strongly catering to liquid cooling enthusiasts who are unlikely to keep stock fans in their rig anyways. What would normally seem like a cop-out ends being a strong value proposition since the MSRP is only $79.99. Considering the size and features, I feel like it’s a pretty good deal. Check out the full press releases below so you can see some images, find out more details, and determine if one of these designs needs to end up in your future building plans. While I’m pretty excited about what I see here, I’m still waiting for that official launch of the amazing Quadstellar case I saw at CES. Nobody can convince me of a good reason why one ...



Swiftech Releases Bridges, 1080 Ti Blocks, and Apogee Drive II AM4

Man! I take one week to finish some house work and the press releases explode!!! It’s alright though because we’re catching up on them and Swiftech is next in line. As always, they have a couple of releases that correlate to new hardware releases, but the SLI/Crossfire bridges are extremely impressive. These are bridges to connect multiple Komodo waterblocks and the LE edition has RGB lighting that can be controlled to match other components. Of course the other major release is the Komodo blocks with compatibility to the latest GTX 1080 Ti graphics card, which I’m sure will be an awesome combination for pushing GPU clocks to the max. Finally, Swiftech also announced AM4 compatibility with their Apogee Drive II integrated pump and waterblock. Check out the PRs below for the full details and links to their site. PICO RIVERA, CA – May 15, 2017 – Rouchon Industries Inc., dba Swiftech® (OTC Pink Current: RCHN), the leading force in driving the high-end thermal management scene in personal computers today announced the release of their new Universal Bridges. Following the Komodo product lines, these bridges are available in two sizes: Luxury Edition (LE) and ECO Edition. The LE Edition distinguishes itself from the ECO version by an integrated RGB ALED lighting system compatible with the Swiftech Iris-Eco light controller. Swiftech Universal Bridge Dual LE in red, blue, and green The 1.6” (40mm) PCI spacing is currently available, and the 2.4” PC...



Noctua Expands Their A-Series Fans, Including 200mm

Noctua is the gold standard when it comes to fan performance. They seem to know the best way to get great airflow at some of the lowest noise levels possible, but “fans” of 200mm fans were out of luck, until now. It turns out customers have been asking for them, but as always Noctua has to make sure quality and performance meet their standards before releasing a product. Hey, if this customer is a huge fan RGB LED, do you think Noctua has some of those in the works? Check out the full press release below for more information and links to all of the releases that include slim fans, 40mm fans, a fan controller and S-ATA to 4-pin power adapter. Vienna, May 17th 2017 – Noctua today expanded its award-winning A-series of premium-quality quiet cooling fans with new 200mm, 120mm and 40mm models. Thanks to the series’ signature features such as Flow Acceleration Channels and AAO (Advanced Acoustic Optimisation) frames, the new NF-A20, NF-A12x15 and NF-A4x20 provide outstanding performance and superb quietness of operation. All models come with Noctua’s trusted SSO2 bearings and a full 6-year manufacturer’s warranty. In addition to the new fans, Noctua introduced the new NA-FC1 fan controller, NA-SAV3 and NA-SAV4 anti-vibration mounts and NA-SAC5 S-ATA power adaptor cable. “Customers have been asking us for 20cm and slim 12cm fans for years, but meeting the quality standard users have come to expect from Noctua fans in these form factors has proven very chall...



Enermax’s Awesome RGB Reservoirs are Here! The NEOChanger

I was completely taken off guard by Enermax/Lepa when I visited their booth in January. They had some great looking products, yet it felt like there wasn’t enough people taking notice. My feelings on the subject could be completely off, but it isn’t going to stop me from showing off more releases I think many builders would be interested in. It looks like the Enermax NEOChanger Reservoir and Pump kits are about to release and while I may be one of the few writers that gets excited about everything RGB, I’m really excited about the lighting on these units. There’s much more going on with these units than a simple RGB lighting effect. For starters, the RGB cycles can be controlled separately by an included remote if you need stand alone lighting control. However, the lighting can also sync with your motherboard’s if it has a 4-pin RGB header. The best part though is the flow rating on that pump. At 900 L/h, these seem like extremely capable units for a custom loop with multiple components. Top it all off with an RPM meter and it looks like a great offering from Enermax. Performance is a primary concern for many of us, but I still feel like RGB lighting is a great addition to any great part. Surely I’m not the only one who ends up staring at color cycle effects for minutes at at a time! Check out the rest of the press release below for more details and specifications. Stay tuned at PureOC because we plan to have a more detailed look at the ...



Deepcool Captain EX RGB: My Favorite Mini Nuclear Reactor Finally has Color Choice!

From the moment I first saw the Captain series of CPU coolers from Deepcool/Gamerstorm, it’s been my favorite design for a pump and block combo. Even then, the only thing I felt the design needed was RGB lighting to be complete. It turns out dreams really do come true because the Captain EX RGB looks like it just launched with availability coming next month. Outside of the RGB changes, everything else about the EX series is staying the same. We still have 120mm and 240mm rad options, while also staying in line with previous pump and flan flow specs. However, it looks like the unit will also include a single RGB LED strip as well. This is a fun surprise for people who enjoy lighting behind their tempered glass side panel. I’m still hoping that Deepcool will add 140mm and 280mm versions to the lineup, but I can’t help but be excited for these units to become available. Each unit will cost a decent amount, with the 120EX retailing for $99.99 and the 240EX going for $129.99. These aren’t the highest prices, but if you’re simply looking for performance then there’s several units that can give the Captains a run for their money. It’s when you start looking for the RGB options that these units get pretty competitive. Honestly, these units easily top my list for coolers I’d like to use in builds that cater to performance and ease of install, but still look excellent. Check out the link below for some extra details and we’ll kee...






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