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EpicGear Thunderouz and Melodiouz Gaming Headsets Review

Introduction We’re down to the final review in our lineup of EpicGear peripherals. I’m not saying this is the last we’ll ever see of them here (and I certainly hope not), but this is the last products that I currently have in the works. We started with an awesome keyboard, a solid mouse, and now we’ll finish with some audio headsets. The level of quality and performance we’ve seen so far indicates that the Thunderouz and Melodiouz are likely to be great products. On the other hand, we still need to put them through the paces to make sure they measure up to expectations. We’ll certainly do that, but let’s take a semi-final look at their company statement again.



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EpicGear Zora Gaming Mouse and Skorpios Bungee Review

Introduction Here we are at round two of our EpicGear review lineup. The Defiant Keyboard with EG’s special brand of switches ended up impressing us quite a bit, so now let’s look at a mouse and a bungee design. The gaming mouse market is extremely hard to stand out in and even if you make a great product, you can simply be one in a sea of many others. However, mouse bungees aren’t quite as common, in spite of the surplus of mice that could use them. We’ll take a closer look at both the Zora Mouse and Skorpios Mouse Bungee, but let’s look again at a statement from EG.



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GEIL EVO X DDR4 RGB DDR4 3000 32GB Kit Overview

Introduction Where to start? I have in my grubby little paws a set of GEIL EVO X DDR4 3000 32GB (2 x 16GB) sticks of RAM. As if that isn’t fantastic enough, it’s RGB lit! High Speed RAM and Glowy Bits. What’s not to like? First things first, let me lay something out here and now. I’ve been building computers since 1993, and in all those years, I have never used a product from GEIL. Ever. This seems a bit strange to me since as it turns out, GEIL was established in the same year (1993) that I began building PC’s. To be fair, in those days just getting a PC to work was my primary concern and the concept of “Performance” and “RAM” didn’t have any meaning when associated with my 386DX/33 based system. Over the years, I’ve seen GEIL mentioned in reviews and occasionally noted them as being for sale on NewEgg or similar sites, but for some reason I’ve never picked any up. It doesn’t seem like I’m alone either. Do some searching for GEIL and you’ll find threads on many US Tech Sites that ask about who GEIL is and if they’re any good. Interestingly, the reviews I’ve read of their RAM (often by European based websites) say positive things about GEIL RAM and it’s clear that GEIL is more readily available and more heavily marketed in the Far East and Europe than we find to be the case here in the USA. To be fair to GEIL, it’s also got to be tough to compete against entren...



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EpicGear Defiant MMS Mechanical Keyswitches Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction Have you ever met someone for the first time and felt like you hit it off with that person right away? I had that feeling with EpicGear at CES 2017. To be fair, they had shiny new tech and that kind of thing usually happens with my extroverted personality anyways. Still, EG had an impressive CES display and now we get the opportunity to take an up close and personal look at their equipment. EG is a subsidiary of Geil, who you probably recognize for the RAM products. EG however, is specializing in gaming peripherals and I like the concepts they are trying to succeed on. Today we’re going to start the reviews with the Defiant Keyboard and the MMS Mechanical Keyswitches. That’s because we’ll also have a mouse, a cable manager and headset reviews coming shortly hereafter. It seems like EG is offering some great options in the gaming peripheral market, but we’ll need to take a closer look to really get a feel for how “Epic” their gear actually is. While I’m not worried about their chances, let’s first take a look at a beautiful logo I cropped out of the website and a quick statement about the company. By the way, did you know GeIL was an acronym? It was news for me as well.



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HyperX Expands Sound by Expanding their Headsets: Cloud Revolver S

I’m not an audiophile, but I’m beginning to think it’s only because I can’t afford to be one. Each time I get to hear a better quality listening experience, I’m blown away by the clarity and feel of the music I’m listening to. CES 2017 gave me one such experience while I was there and while I sort of mentioned it in the video, I wanted to point out that the HyperX Cloud Revolver S not only sounded great as expected, but I was really surprised by how well it’s 7.1 surround feature worked. Surround headsets haven’t impressed me that much until this point. They do seem to work well for games, but once you try to settle into a nice music listening session, the sound seems a bit hollow or too tinny. HyperX had a display of their Cloud Revolver S so I got to put it on, pick a song I knew and take in the experience. It blew me away! It seems that while the headset has the unique feature of being a plug-and-play Dolby 7.1 Surround unit, it’s also the feature that might be attributing to the amazing sound. The Cloud Revolver S relies on an external USB dongle that’s designed to support the surround feature, I can’t help but suspect that it’s playing a role in the general sound quality as well. Needless to say, the 50mm drivers themselves play a critical role, but the end result regardless of the causes is hard to argue with. HyperX certainly has a winner on it’s hands with this unit. Considering it was at...



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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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CES 2017: Geil, Deepcool, MSI, AMD Ryzen and Vega

CES 2017 coverage marches right along with another great set of show floors from some great companies. Geil showed off some excellent peripherals, Deepcool blew our minds with awesome looking cases and fans, and MSI continues to deliver great motherboards. However, we finally got to catch up with AMD and get a solid look at what to expect with the Ryzen and Vega releases. We have a little bit longer to wait before full specs arrive, but confidence is certainly rising in what team Red is trying to deliver. As always, check out the video below for the full details and don’t forget to leave some comments in the forums!



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CES 2017: HyperX, Enermax/Lepa, Gigabyte

The Hardware Hound continues his coverage of CES 2017! We’re already to the point that it isn’t quite what day it is, but how much we could fit in one episode for a given episode, so sit back, enjoy the hardware news and keep checking back because more is still coming. This time we get to see some more RGB RAM kits from HyperX, some great cases and reservoirs from Enermax, plus some excellent motherboards from Gigabyte. Does anyone smell some Z270 and X370 chipsets?



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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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FNATIC Reveals the Clutch G1 Gaming Mouse and Duel Gaming Headset

Update: I found a tweet to a Youtube link that gives some more info on the Duel headset. Check it out below! What started as one mouse review turned into a bunch shortly after. I’ve had the privilege to try out numerous designs, features and styles during my escapades as a hardware reviewer. While some designs are excellent and deserve special levels of praise, the FNATIC Flick is the simple gaming mouse I keep coming back to. Most of this is due to the fact that I’m too set in my ways to really work out a new button configuration, but the rest is due to it being the best feeling mouse I’ve used to date. In light of that, it’s no surprise to tell you that I’m really excited for the new mouse and headset FNATIC is releasing. The Clutch G1 doesn’t look like it’s going to change much from it’s predecessor, the Flick. Both use a modest Pixart 3310 sensor that doesn’t have the crazy DPI settings the 3360 does, but it was always fast enough for me. It looks like it’s going to be bit larger and have an extra DPI button so that it will cater to FPS players a bit more. That said, each person has a unique taste when it comes to how a mouse feels so larger might be better in general as well. FNATIC is also unleashing the Duel TMA-2 headphones on us. Details are minimal at the time being, but the modular design sounds interesting and I’m hoping for the same level of quality I found with the Flick. Needless to say, the...



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You Haven’t heard of Pixio, but a 1440p FreeSync Monitor Should get Your Attention

Let’s start with the assumption that you haven’t heard of Pixio, because if you have, then you completely destroy my title. If you’re like me, then Pixio might be a new brand that you need to hear about. I’ve been on this kick for a while, but there is no way I can over emphasize how important a good monitor is to the gaming experience. Nothing makes a $600 GPU look like integrated graphics more than a terrible refresh rate and a crappy panel type. However, spending an additional $600 on a monitor can be rough for a builder, which is why Pixio is offering something I’m surprised I haven’t seen until now. FreeSync is the AMD technology that makes adaptive synchronization extremely affordable for gamers. There’s some catches, like needing an AMD GPU for the time being and having some performance trades with the likes of GSync. My experience with the technologies isn’t extensive, but from what I’ve seen the disparity between the two is beyond my ability to tell the difference. How I managed to stumble across Pixio was during my search for HDR monitors. HDR is the best experience I had at CES in January and that’s including getting to try out a few VR sets. HDR is a pixel technology that more accurately reproduces the color spectrum, making a 1440p screen look as good as, or even better than, a 4k one. While I haven’t found HDR yet, I did find what I would consider to be the ultimate monitor that balances the ne...



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STEELSERIES Rival 500 Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction Please don’t hate me, but I’m going to mention the fact of how many gaming mice there are right now. With that out of the way, there are so many gaming mice around right now, it’s getting real hard to do something that is truly innovative in the market right now. That’s where the Rival 500 comes into play. They’ve redesigned the thumb area on this mouse to do something that is quite unique for the industry and while some of their designs are already unique, STEELSERIES could really be on to something for MMO/RPG gamers. We’ll take a closer look at the mouse shortly, but here’s a quick refresher course on the core values of STEELSERIES. WE ARE GAMING SteelSeries has fueled the gaming industry by creating innovative new products, designed specifically for eSports and passionate gamers everywhere. RELENTLESS INNOVATION Here at SteelSeries, we are obsessed with “firsts”. Dating back to 2001, our company was formed to meet the surface needs of hardcore gamers by introducing the first glass mousepad, the Icemat. Since that original innovation, we created the first mechanical gaming keyboard, the first suspended headband for gaming headsets, the first World of Warcraft mouse and endless other innovations. SteelSeries is dedicated to building products that push professional gaming further than anyone dreamed. Those innovations make gaming more competitive and more fun for gamers everywhere. INSPIRING DESIGN Our fans, cust...



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HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset Review

Introduction The Gaming Headset. Ubiquitous and necessary to any gamers arsenal of tools. In cooperative multiplayer games, a good headset can make the difference between the glorious sound of “Head Shot!” yelled out at full volume (much to the dismay of your local Starbuck’s Barrista) and the “mumble mumble” sound of abject failure as your team gets annihilated because nobody could understand you in the TeamSpeak/Ventrilo/Discord channel. Into this very crowded market, HyperX has tossed their brand new gaming headset, the CLOUD Stinger. Before we leap into the review, let’s have a bit of back-story on just who these HyperX people are: Well. There’s a pedigree for you. Kingston Technology’s high performance product division. I guess we should expect a lot from them then! Let’s move right along and see.



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NZXT S340 Elite VR Ready Case and Internal USB Hub Review

Introduction Alright, everyone! Let’s give a cheer for VR! When I say “V,” you say “R!” Ready? V!!!! ……. Admittedly, cheers work much better in person than in writing, but this doesn’t diminish the hype that went into the Virtual Reality launches earlier this year. The only problem is that sales didn’t reflect the hype that went into how great everything was supposed to be. Many factors may have attributed and while most are speculation, high prices for VR headsets seems to be the biggest obstacle to major adoption for the fledgling technology. There’s also the fact that people like me will never buy into VR because the motion sickness was real when I got to try my hand at it. That being said, it’s still pretty likely that VR will be a big deal soon enough. What Oculus and HTC managed to pull off is a great step towards an eventual widespread adoption. Even if it’s a bit slower to take off than expected, hardware manufacturers will probably put themselves in a good position if they have VR components ready for when consumers start really jumping on the bandwagon. In that light, NZXT has released a new VR ready case. The S340 Elite is more of an update from the notable S340 than a new release, but that didn’t stop them from making a great case for those who don’t have VR as well. In fact, adapting a previous design is a very smart way to prepare for changes at a minimal risk. We’ll...



STEELSERIES Launches Arctis Headset Line

You’ve been seeing a lot of STEELSERIES around the site lately. They were a company I hadn’t heard much about, but I’ve certainly grown to appreciate what they offer, especially since their Engine software works so brilliantly. Yesterday, they announced a new line of headsets that have several new features, but one detail really stood out to me. I’ve noticed that mid-range headsets seem to vary from sounding great, to sounding mostly good. The difference between the two categories is that stereo analog sets usually sound awesome, but as they begin upgrading to 7.1 surround, they begin losing some of that quality in music and movies. Even though the price points are really close, the audio is surprisingly different. The Arctis Headset line is going to have the same driver that’s used in the $300 high-range products. If this works out, STEELSERIES could really set themselves apart in the mid-range, but we’ll only know if we can get our ears in them first. Check out the full press release below for more details! SteelSeries Launches Arctis Headset Line – Challenges Gaming Audio Stereotypes  New family of revolutionary headsets deliver flagship-level comfort, microphone and sound as a standard across entire line     CHICAGO – October 4, 2016 – SteelSeries, leader and innovator in gaming peripherals, unveils the Arctis line, a selection of three gaming headsets that shatter preconceived notions of what a gaming headset should so...






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