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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...


Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4-2666 Memory Kit Review

Crucial, a leader in all things memory has already released Jedec DDR4 2133 kits, the lower profile DDR4 Ballistix Sport variants and now look to the top end with the Ballistx Elite DDR4 2666. Ballistix Elite has been looked at as some of the best memory on the market as each chip is hand picked. This binning process allows Crucial to create a product that can withstand pressures of world class overclocking.


MSI X99S MPower Board Review

The X99 platform has introduced many great features and new levels of performance for overclockers and professionals. The MPower series of boards are at the top of the enthusiast market. Designed for serious overclocking beyond what standard liquid cooling can handle. Extreme as in LN2 and DICE. Frosty


HyperX Predator DDR4 Memory Review (HX430C15PBK4/16)

Introduction The HyperX name has been part of Kingston Technologies for the last decade, but recently HyperX migrated into its own branding although still part of Kingston’s sub division. While the name or branding may be different, the company’s philosophy and product image hasn’t changed much. Today we have the chance to take a look at the HyperX Predator series DDR4 memory line. DDR4 memory launched with Intel’s recent X99 Chipset featuring lower voltage with higher native frequencies. It features a native speed of 2133MHz, which is really nothing to WOW about as we have seen these speeds with DDR3. However, with its newer JEDEC Culmination and Density, DDR4 memory components now provide better speeds and faster response while being more power efficient at the same time. The HyperX Predator memory we are going to be looking at today not only offers fast speeds of 3000MHz out of the box, but also offers the efficiency of lower voltage; we can see some great potential with additional performance once overclocked. We will be comparing results from Kingston’s (HyperX) previous line up from its DDR3 series to see if these claims line up.   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 ...


Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4 Motherboard Review

Introduction When it comes to Intel’s Extreme or “Enthusiast” series of motherboards and processors, like the X79 and its Ivy-Bridge-E combo, we seem to get a bit more time between updates. Intel initially launched its X79 Chipset with Sandy-Bridge-E, then 18 months later Ivy-Bridge-E hit store shelves without a major Chipset change. Unlike its mainstream Z series Chipset, which has seen updates almost every 12 months or so (give or take a few months), the X79 chipset is roughly 3 years old now. Today we have the new X99 Chipset which promises a large improvement over its predecessor X79. With the rise of DDR4 memory and demand for faster and larger bandwidth capabilities, it was only a matter of time. As we dig a little deeper today, we will talk a little more about this Chipset later. Along with the new Chipset comes a newly released processor refresh. The X99 Chipset has made some other improvements which now allow users to sport the new Intel Haswell-E Processor. This CPU starts with a 6core for the HT 5820K, 6core for the HT 5930K, and lastly an 8core for the HT 5960X with a Socket 2011-3. Of course with these changes, it has pre-empted the design of new motherboards, so we now have the chance to put the Gigabyte X99-UD4 motherboard to the test and see if the improvements are going to be worth the upgrade.   In recent years, Gigabyte has grown to be one of the most recommended brands. The reputation of great performance to value has put them on ...

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Gigabyte Z97X-SLI Motherboard Review

Gigabyte as a motherboard manufacturer has been very successful over the last decade, and the last few years have only served to solidify that. In fact, Gigabyte has taken things a step further with their more recent motherboard releases. Their design team has revamped the styling and improved the lineup with feature-rich variations. Giagbyte's popular UDX series motherboards are frequently one of the first considered motherboards on the market since the Z77 release. With Gigabyte's Haswell refresh, the Z97 chipset, they aim to continue that tradition. Today we are going to be looking at the Z97X-SLI motherboard. By the name, it appears Gigabyte has geared this motherboard towards SLI as its defining feature. However, there is more than meets the eye. At a glance, this board looks a little more simplified when compared to the UDX series board. Will it pack the same punch? We are going to put the Z97X-SLI to the test to see how it stacks up to Gigabyte's reputation.

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Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB 1866MHz CL10 Memory (HX318C10FWK2/8) Review

Kingston Technologies have been in the memory business over two decades and are known for their reliable and fast memory. Today we are going to be looking at Kingston's new HyperX line called "Fury". This new Fury line from Kingston will position itself against its current mainstream HyperX Genesis and high-end HyperX Predator lines. The HyperX Fury pretty much lines up with its competitor from Corsair the Vengeance line. This will give consumers more options and widens that market share. The Fury line was not designed to be the best of the best, but is meant to meet that middle line between your beginning users and the higher-end clients. We have speeds ranging from 1333MHz to 1866Mhz which will be available in 8GB single sticks or 8GB to 16GB kits. Let's put the Kingston HyperX Furry DDR3 1866MHz kit we got for review to the test and see how well it performs.


Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition Review

Today we're looking at a premium gaming card from Gigabyte in the form of the GTX 780 GHz Edition. As you can probably guess, its approach comes in the form of aggressive overclocking, by juicing up the core past 1GHz, one of the fastest on the market. Gigabyte doesn't normally just overclock their products, and indeed this model sports a stunning cooler that we've seen before: the Windforce. We've been impressed in the past with Gigabyte Windforce graphics cards, and we suspect this new one will be no different. It's constructed in metal rather than cheap plastic, comes with three fans, heatpipes, and a boatload of cooling potential in a stylish gaming package. Factor in a very aggressive overclock on this card, and we are eager to see just how fast this thing can go. Let's take a closer look.


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.  


Antec Kuhler H20 650

Antec is at it once again developing stronger and more powerful closed loop coolers. Their newest addition to the Kuhler family is the 650, 950 and 1250. The 650 unit is a high performance cooling solution with an integrated large pump built into the cooling fan providing a more efficient and optimized product. With the PWM fan designed to automatically adjust fan speed based on temperature, its directional blade is designed to focus on maximum airflow. It even includes an LED on the block that changes color based on temperature. Continue reading to find how well the 650 stays cool under our heat producing machines.


PowerColor Introduces PowerDuo R9 280X OC

TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphic cards, today launches another high performance model which belongs to TurboDuo series, the PowerColor TurboDuo R9 280X OC. Featuring the most innovative GCN architecture, the TurboDuo R9 280X OC fully utilizes the AMD Eyefinity technology, and support ultra high resolution gaming, providing unrivaled performance without sacrifice a single detail. The new TurboDuo R9 280X OC runs at a factory-overclock of 880MHz, even reach to 1030MHz with boost, together with 1500Mhz for memory clock, using 384-bit high speed memory interface connects to 3GB of GDDR5 memory, indulging gamers with higher frame rates. In addition to default OC setting, the TurboDuo R9 280X OC takes advantage of PowerColor’s exclusive Gold Power Kit, which includes multi-phases design, DirectFET and Digital PWM, delivering the best OC performance with stability. Packed with TurboDuo cooling technology, the new R9 280X OC features dual 90mm ultra huge dual fan, easily takes away the heat from the cooling fin. With patent GSG-shape heat pipes design and enormous surface of aluminum cooling fin, the TurboDuo R9 280X OC can efficiently cool down the temp. and increases thermal efficiency. TurboDuo R9 280X OC delivers the high quality image to end users by using metal cover design, makes it one of a kind and more solid. PowerColor TurboDuo R9 280X OC Core Speed: 880MHz (1030MHz with boost) Memory Speed: 1500MHz (6.0Gbps) Memory: 3GB GDDR5 Memory:Interface 38...


Deepcool GamerStorm Lucifer CPU Cooler

Introduction Deepcool is a name that’s been around for some time now and we’ve reviewed their CPU coolers in the past with great results. They’ve added the Gamer Storm line to their brand focusing on high-end gaming coolers for both CPU and VGA. It’s from this new Gamer Storm lineup that our latest Deepcool CPU cooler came – the Lucifer. The Lucifer is touted as being a silent cooling powerhouse for today’s high-end CPUs and also as a completely silent passive solution to today’s mainstream CPUs. Deepcool was kind enough to send a Lucifer over for us to check out so let’s get to it! About Deepcool: Deepcool was founded with the mission of providing the best performance and humanized thermal solutions for worldwide customers. Established in 1996, Deepcool originally produced desktop and server coolers for ODM partners. With the rapid development of personal computers, Deepcool expanded the business into desktop cooling products and laptop cooling accessories. Deepcool has built up its distribution network in over sixty countries all over the globe, by which end-users can purchase Deepcool products online or in their nearest local stores. With more and more media exposure and publication, such as awards from renowned websites and magazines like Pure Overclock, Tom’s Hardware, Guru3d, CHIP, etc., Deepcool now enjoys a good reputation among computer daily users, gamers and overclockers. We will always spare no effort to maint...


Corsair Vengeance LP Low Voltage 8GB 1600 MHz Memory

Intro [Editor’s Note: We would like to introduce our newest contributing member to the writing team: Mike G. He will be writing reviews for us on several different products from now on and we are glad to have him. For this first review, Mike used a product he already owned. This is also why we couldn’t do our typical unboxing treatment, as he no longer had the original packaging. Regardless, he did a bang-up job and will fit in well here at PureOverclock. Please welcome Mike G. to the PureOverclock Staff! ] Let’s face it: when most system builders get their parts lists together, one of the affecting factors in product selection is product aesthetics. Whether is is the style of heat pipes on a graphics card or the color of the motherboard, looks can make or break a system. Of course after appearances are considered, performance matters as well. Depending on whom you ask, performance may mean a few different things; it could mean raw power, or it could mean efficiency. Rarely can you have both in one finely tuned package that also happens to look good and is reasonably priced. Corsair has maintained such a balance since 2002 with some of the most stylish and best performing memory you can buy, both in terms of pure bandwidth capabilities and responsible power consumption. Most recently, their Vengeance lineup has epitomized this balance, offering not only varying levels of performance, but offering several different styles of heat sinks in many different colo...


Thermaltake Water 3.0 Performer and Extreme

Introduction Thermaltake is no stranger to the water cooling market having had the ProWater and the BigWater systems out for quite a long time now. They also got into the AiO cooler market with the Asetek-made Water units.Well Thermaltake has released their latest AiO coolers in the Water series – the Water 3.0 Performer , Water 3.0 Pro and Water 3.0 Extreme. The units are made by Asetek as are most of the market’s AiO units, but Thermaltake put their own touch on these for good measure. They were kind enough to send us both a Performer and an Extreme to check out so let’s get to it!   About Thermaltake: “The beginning of every myth and legend is about dreams and desire: the challenging, creative and combative features of Thermaltake Group create an exciting and fascinating user experience to share with everyone, while allowing users to enter a selfless state in terms of function and potential. Thermaltake Group’s 3 main brands: Thermaltake, Tt eSPORTS and LUXA2 have been merchandising throughout the world, and have successfully established 6 business footholds in areas such as Europe, America, Oceania, Japan and China, with 95 regional distributors and over 4000 premium retailers. All product planning is orientated by observation of global PC peripheral market and understanding of consumer demands. Thermaltake creates direct contact opportunities with resellers and consumers by participating major global ICT exhibitions and trade shows e...


Raijintek Ereboss CPU Cooler

Raijintek is a name I'm sure most of you are not familiar with. They're a new company to the PC accessory market and have debuted four new CPU coolers - the Aidos, Themis, Themis EVO and the Ereboss - as well as some slim case fans. Raijintek isn't a company which started from nothing though. It's actually a collaboration between some Cooler Master and Xigmatek employees so the company has some serious collaborative knowledge. They also plan on expanding into the chassis and PSU market in the near future. They were kind enough to send me out their Ereboss CPU cooler to check out, so let's get on it!

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