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Sapphire Dual-X R9 285 OC Review

Introduction The graphics card market has been getting properly shaken up since the release of the new GTX 900 series Maxwell cards, but that doesn’t mean that AMD doesn’t still have a few tricks left up their sleeves. AMD has been diligently at work refreshing and modernizing their GPU lineup, and their most recent efforts have produced for us the Tonga core; a more power efficient and better binned GPU core which, like AMD as a whole, is capable of more than what its specs would suggest. Think of it like this: you get the raw power and value of Tahiti, plus the features of Hawaii and beyond… I can’t really think of anything wrong with that picture if you ask me.   For this review, I’ll be taking a look at Sapphire’s take on the new core. Their Dual-X R9 285 OC comes overclocked out-of-the-box, equipped with a great cooling solution that has withstood the test of time, and utilizes a more robust, custom-designed PCB that should help us take this card to the next level. Let’s see just what this card has to offer, and see if the claims of better performance than the GTX 760 hold true for our testing.     www.sapphiretech.com SAPPHIRE Technology is well established as a leading manufacturer and world-wide supplier of innovative graphics and mainboard products for over a decade. Its AMD Radeon based products are just as well known in the mainstream PC markets as they are to the gaming and performance graphics enthusias...



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Nexus Lan Live- Dayton Ohio Part 2

  Sorry for the delay on updating you all. I got sucked in to all of the fun at Nexus LAN, these guys know how to have a good time. No matter what flavor of game you enjoy Nexus has you covered. Tourneys for a list of games where you can win some of the sponsored prizes. Speaking of sponsors, thanks to ThermalTake, Silverstone, Sapphire (Ed), and many more for awesome goodie bags! Take a look at some of the fun going on at Nexus LAN 2014. Ed Crisler, our buddy at Sapphire getting his game time in on his mITX AMD based system. AMD APU, SSD, memory and of course a Sapphire 285 mITX GPU inside of Core V1. Quiet but more than capable of playing everything on Eds list.   Check out the dual 760 Asus MARS in Big Spence’s rig. 3 of the GPU cores in SLI and using #4 as a dedicated PhysX processor. Nexus LAN does a great job of getting next generation female gamers to the LAN. They can play with the best so why not come and show it off. Not just card games, they all had systems and was kicking butt. I plan on bring 1 or 2 of my daughters next year. Check in when you arrive and get handed a bag-O-goodies! Can you say prizes? Everyone leaves with something! Dave AKA Renegade (bottom photo, right hand side arm on the black bag thing), the person responsible for Nexus LAN sitting at the Magic the Gather table schooling folks. Thanks Dave for having PureOC! We will back back again. You can’t come here without ordering a pizza. Great price from some really good fresh...



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The Hardware Hound Presents: Windows 10, A Gamer’s Perspective

The rumors have been floating around for some time but we finally have a preview version of Windows 9….I mean 10….Windows 10! Maybe skipping a number doesn’t make a ton of sense, but let’s face it: Windows 10 is way better than calling the iWatch the Apple Watch! The real mystery isn’t a number, but whether Windows 10 is going to be worth it and the greater mystery is whether you should risk installing the preview on your system, particularly if you don’t have one to spare. Thankfully, the Hardware Hound is crazy enough to try it out (on my main system none-the-less), and I’m ready to give you some highlights to help you decide whether you want to make the plunge or not. The good news is, it looks like Microsoft is heading in the right direction so far! Let’s begin with the painful part of any operating system and that’s the installation, which, really wasn’t that painful! Having been an habitual reformatter most of my life, I was used to popping the CD in the drive (after a several hour ISO download), clicking on the upgrade tab instead of the advanced tab, and being told that I needed to load Windows and run the CD from there. So I did that, and roughly 15 minutes later, Windows 8.1 was upgraded to 10 with all my settings in tow. I also ran a fresh install on a spare workstation I had with an i5 CPU and once again, the install was quick and painless as far as OSes go. Also, I typically hate doing upgrades and hi...



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AORUS Thunder K7 Keyboard Review

Today we're looking at the AORUS Thunder K7 mechanical gaming keyboard, a fully backlit board that sports some solid styling and a unique design, looking to attract consumers who want something a bit different. The Thunder K7 is not your average mechanical board, as one of its most unique features is detachable and movable numpad, suitable for both lefties and righties. Question is: can the AORUS Thunder K7 can stand out in a widening field of mechanical keyboards? Let's get to it and find out.



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Azza Z mITX Case Review

Introduction ITX style cases never cease to amaze me. Just when you think there can’t possibly be a better/different way to house and organize your hardware, along comes another case to once again challenge your thinking on how these form factors can be laid out. This is especially important for those of you who, like myself, enjoy a bit of tasteful case modding from time to time to really make the rig stand out as being uniquely your own. It can also be just as important to those who simply require a specific shape/size to accommodate their usage scenario.   Azza, always one to bring us somewhat “outlandishly” designed cases, is now offering up their first mITX case: the Z. Somewhat conservatively designed in comparison to their other offerings and providing a unique layout that accommodates both water cooling radiators and a slim profile, can this case really offer an enthusiast what they need out of their next small form factor (SFF) build? I was bound and determined to find out, so I tried to cover pretty much all of the bases here. Now, let’s dig in!   www.azzatek.com AZZA’s Mission is simple: You satisfaction is our success! Jumpstarted with the Vision to build a premier corporate company that consistently exceeds the managed expectations of our customers, team members and partners, AZZA is driven by the Mission to provide the highest quality products of unmatched value, along with exemplary customer support. We do this via t...



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ROCCAT Ships Tyon Gaming Mouse

The Future is Here, ROCCAT Ships Tyon Gaming Mouse   Revolutionary gaming mouse with a dorsal fin, 16 assignable buttons and 31 distinct functions now available at Best Buy   Hamburg, September 30, 2014 – ROCCAT™ announces the global availability of the highly touted and much anticipated Tyon All Action Gaming mouse. The next step in gaming mice evolution and a true game changer, the Tyon sets the bar for gaming control and precision by putting every major action in the palm of the players’ hand.       ROCCAT Tyon features the X-Celerator, a two-way analog stick that allows gamers to throttle, sprint, rotate tank turrets, and more directly from their mice. Extensively tested and perfected by professional gamers to guarantee responsiveness and ease of use, the X-Celerator is a major shift in mouse design for FPS gaming and beyond.   The Tyon offers 16 assignable buttons, 31 distinct possible functions, and a nearly limitless levels of customization thanks to ROCCAT’s dedicated Easy-Shift[+] Button. While optimized for FPS gaming, the Tyon is an efficient, combat-ready and aestherically facscinating masterpiece for all genres, including MMO, RPG, and more.   “Today’s games demand that players master the different layers and dimensions of gameplay, whether on land, at sea, in air or space,” says René Korte, ROCCAT founder and CEO. “The efforts placed on perfecting the Tyon is beyond comparison and we are confident that it will take ...



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XtracGear Carbonic and Ripper Mouse Pads Review

Today we're looking at three gaming surfaces / mouse pads from XTracGear, a specialist in the mouse pad accessory market. We've got the Carbonic, the Ripper, and the Ripper XXL up for testing. All are flexible control pads, and they range in size from rather small to utterly massive. Let's have a closer look at these mouse pads from XTracGear.



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Kingston HyperX Cloud Headset Review

Introduction Headsets are practically a dime a dozen in today’s market. With the large variety available on the net, it makes it tough for us to filter out the good ones from the bad ones. As PC enthusiasts we love our games and our music. We want to blast our ears without waking up the neighbors or maybe our significant other sitting next to us. Today we will be adding more choices to the mix by introducing a new headset from Kingston, called the HyperX Cloud. Kingston has been a name we have come to know in the PC industry, especially with system memory products. However, with the growing number of PC peripherals and accessories, it was only a matter of time before Kingston started to tap their brand cache and jump into this arena too. With the e-sports crowd growing in popularity, Kingston saw an opportunity. They created a division called “HyperX.” Under the HyperX branding, Kingston is now developing accessories and peripherals to feed this growing group. This new HyperX Cloud Headset is one of those products. Let’s put it to the test and see how well it holds up against the competition. Before we move forward, let’s read a bit about Kingston: “Founded in 1987 with a single product offering, Kingston Technology now offers more than 2,000 memory products that support nearly every device that uses memory, from computers, servers and printers to MP3 players, digital cameras and cell phones. In 2007, the company’s sales exceeded $4.5 billion....



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Genius MX Gaming Gila Mouse

Today we’re going to test drive the Genius GX Gaming Gila, a mouse that's specifically geared to MMO/RTS gamers. Coming with a huge assortment of buttons and some unique features as well, the Gila looks rather exciting. With a very attractive price tag of only $66, can the GX Gaming Gila stack up well in a competitive market? Let's take a closer look and find out.



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ASUS ROG Maximus VII Formula Motherboard Review

Introduction A few months back we took a look at the ASUS Maximus VII Hero Motherboard (HERE) . The Maximus VII Hero, which is part of ASUS’ mid range Republic of Gamer’s line, took home the Editors Choice award for its great performance and outstanding aesthetics. However, that was only the tip of the iceberg for the ROG line up. Today… we have the chance to take a look at ASUS’ flagship motherboard the ASUS Maximus VII Formula. We are really excited to start putting this motherboard to the test. Its aesthetics alone really stand out, especially its Armor Shield. If you are an water cooling enthusiast, the hybrid CrossChill Cooling VRM block is also a great feature. Can the ASUS ROG Maximus VII Formula live up to its little brother the Hero and earn another Editor’s Choice Award? Let’s dive in and take a look.   But before we do, 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, creative spirit and purity symbolized by this regal and agile mythical creature, soaring to new heights of quality and innovation with each product it introduces to the market.



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Tesoro Tizona G2N Elite Keyboard

A fully mechanical keyboard that sports a sleek design and caters to gamers who want something uncomplicated, the Tesoro Tizona G2N Elite has some unique features including a detachable and movable numpad, suitable for lefties or righties. That certainly got our attention, so we had to test drive the Tizona G2N Elite firsthand. Let's delve a bit deeper and see if the Tizona G2N Elite can stand out in a widening field of mechanical keyboards.



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Inside the ECS Press Event

LIVE & LIVA ECS (EliteGroup Computer Systems) recently held what they titled the “LIVE, LIVA, LEAD, L337″ press event in San Jose to unveil some new products and to discuss the future of ECS. PureOverclock was one of the lucky few to be invited to attend this event. One of the main products ECS seemed to be most proud of and focused a large amount of their attention to was the LIVA mini PC Kit. LIVA is one of the smallest fully functional PCs capable of running Windows 8.1 I have seen. There are a few models available based on color (Black or White) and Drive space size(32GB or 64GB). The plan is to install the OS and a few other apps on the internal non upgradeable drive and use an external drive for storage, either a USB flash drive or an external Hard drive. I/O options starting from the left are a micro USB for power, Realtek RTL8111G 10/100/1000LAN, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, HDMI and VGA. The tiny passively cooled pc is powered by the 64bit Intel Bay Trail-M N2807 1.58GHz Celeron processor with 2GB DDR3L memory. LIVA is fully capable of pushing dual displays as well. Within the kit is a M.2 WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0 card that needs to be installed during assembly. Hey look it is everyone’s favorite song! Let’s sing along! Just kidding please don’t! ECS setup the LIVA to support Karaoke with dual microphones and HD video playback. I will be experimenting with my own LIVA over the coming days to see what I can really do with it. Window...



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HY810 and HY880 Compound Review

Introduction Today, we have the rare opportunity to review a product that hasn’t been revealed in any way, or form of media exposure. Because of our great business relationship with Tuniq, we have been asked to test a couple prospective compounds they are considering. With our extensive testing methods and known heat output of the FX-9370 220w TDP processor, we have been asked to test the HY810 and HY880 compounds strictly against the Tuniq TX-4 to determine if it’s worth an investment for the company. This is a rare opportunity for PureOC! Before we get started, let’s find out more about Tuniq… Tuniq was formed as a division of Sunbeamtech and took on a whole new direction in product designs. We at Tuniq aim to provide authentic performance through a minimalist approach by stripping down the unnecessary components in product designs. Our research and development team consists of members who have over a decade of experience as well as young designers who are able to think outside of the box. It is this unique merge of experience and fresh ideas that enables us to bring to our customers such exquisite, elegant, top-quality products. We feel that product design should be Zen-like: simple, functional, harmonious and without fails. Each product from Tuniq aims to combine the virtues of high performance, elegant design, and extraordinary value. When handling a Tuniq product, you will appreciate its impeccable finish and will be pleasantly amazed by its q...



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Thermaltake Urban T81 Case Review

   Introduction   Thermaltake shook up the market a few years ago with the release of the Level 10 chassis. It took everything we knew about what a computer case was supposed to look like, and tossed it out a window. It won Thermaltake (sometimes referred to as TT) many accolades and awards for design and innovation. The down side to this was the Level 10 set a high level of expectation that Thermaltake could not live up too with follow up cases. It is hard to please everyone and even harder to please the most hard core enthusiast as they set the tone for what makes for a great case. When faced with such a monumental task as this, it is good to take a step back and reset. The Urban series of chassis is exactly that, a reset of Thermaltake’s design team. The days of boisterous designs are being replaced with sleeker lines and more modern curves. This is an effort to attract gamers, water cooling and overclocking enthusiasts with this new Urban series of chassis. The flagship model, the Urban T81, will be put to the test in this review. We will attempt a build that should please all three segments.    About ThermalTake The brand personality of Unique, Aggressive, Vivid, and Stylish makes Thermaltake an expert in creating Exciting things and Fascinating environment for gamers and enthusiasts, also Keep them Constantly High physically and mentally. Moreover, Thermaltake Technology get close to consumers and observe lead users’ behavior and requirem...



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MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC Motherboard Review

A few months ago we had the honor of reviewing the new MSI Z97 Gaming 5 motherboards during the launch of the Z97 chipset. Today, we are here again to look at another MSI motherboard. We have MSI's flagship Gaming Motherboard the MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC. At first glance the MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC motherboard looks rather close aesthetically to the Gaming 5 we reviewed. While the looks are similiar, the Gaming 9 has some additional features and aesthetic improvements that make it stand out on its own. The first obvious improvement on the Gaming 9 motherboard is the shield that covers the rear I/O port section and the isolated PCB for its sound card. During the Z97 chipset many manufacturers started to switch over to using higher quality Japanese capacitors and while the caps were much better in quality they looked rather ugly on many of the new boards. It was nice to see that MSI designed the Gaming 9 series motherboard with the shield to cover up that section making the motherboard look much sexier. Let's dive in and put the MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC Motherboard to the test and see how it performed against its little brother the Gaming 5. But before we do that, let's talk a little about who MSI is.






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