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ASRock Z77 OC Formula Motherboard Review

Industry leading companies are not just born. They take time to mature, and as they evolve they slowly rise to the top. Take some of the auto manufacturers like Honda or even more currently, Hyundai, as an example. When both companies were in their infancy, they made rather mediocre looking products, yet they represented a great bang for your buck at the time. Today, Honda is now an industry leader and Hyundai manufactures some really great looking quality products. In relation, ASRock developed their company with a much similiar strategy. Only a few years back, many looked only at Asus and Gigabyte to fill their technological needs, and dismissed ASRock as a secondary company. ASRock made a very good product but they just lacked the marketing hype and reputation. They were missing that extra "thump." Over the past few years, ASRock has changed the game and is now considered by many to be one of the "Big Three" motherboard companies. In this time frame, Pure Overclock watched ASRock's products and company evolve. Not only have the aesthetics changed from yesteryear, but the quality of the components and overall package has also improved. Now, ASRock brings cutting edge & very innovative features as we recently saw with the X79 Extreme 11. Simply said, ASRock's products are now outstanding.



 
 
 
 
 

Sapphire 7770 FleX

We've seen a few other FleX models, notably the Sapphire 7950 FleX which proved rather worthy in terms of horsepower and cooling prowess. This 7770 FleX is considerably less powerful, so the beauty of Eyefinity gaming might also be a bit less satisfying. But what about price? At about $150, it looks like Sapphire might again have a good value card. We've typically found the Sapphire FleX cards to be very impressive, so let's take a closer look at the Sapphire 7770 FleX and see if it has the power to tackle Eyefinity gaming. Click through for more.



 
 
 
 
 

Noctua NH-L12 CPU Cooler

There are several instances, especially in technology, when taking up less space is important. Finding a good low profile cooler can be challenging, especially since the more compact designs don't always have the reputation of high performance. Today we will be looking at a low profile CPU Cooler that is designed be able to keep up with some of the popular larger coolers, yet do it in a more compact size. We have a low profile CPU Cooler by Noctua on the test-bench, and this one is called the NH-L12.



 
 
 
 
 

Zotac ZBOX ID84 Plus Mini PC

Zotac may be known for gaming graphics cards, but the company is also well known for producing smallform mini PCs. The ZBOX ID84 Plus is the latest in a long line of these mini systems, and it comes with a very attractive price tag of about $319, perhaps a very affordable HTPC setup for those on a tight budget who lack the need of something fancy or expensive, but still want the versatility of managing daily uses a computer can provide. The ID84 Plus looks like a sleek little unit, so let's take a closer look and see how it fares. Click through for more.



 
 
 
 
 

Gigabyte GTX 660 Windforce

Today marks the launch of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 660, and one of the cards we're looking at today is the Gigabyte GTX 660 Windforce, a mid-range gaming card that sports the cooler of the same name. We've seen this cooler on other cards models, most recently on the GTX 660 Ti by Gigabyte, and we came away suitably impressed at the low temperatures and noise levels. Can Nvidia continue the Kepler onslaught into the mid-range? Can Gigabyte's card stand out in the pack? Can it beat the competing Radeon cards? Let's dive in and answer those questions and more. Click through for the full review.



 
 
 
 
 

MSI GTX 660 Twin Frozr

Today is GeForce GTX 660 launch day, and we're looking at the MSI GTX 660 Twin Frozr, a mid-range gaming workhorse that sports the sleek cooler of the same name. We've seen this cooler on other cards models by MSI, and we came away suitably impressed at the low temperatures and noise levels. Can MSI continue the winning ways with the GTX 660 Twin Frozr? Can it beat the mid-range Radeon cards? Is it worth the money? Let's dive in and answer those questions and more. Click through for the full review.



 
 
 
 
 

Gigabyte GA-X79S-UP5-WIFI and GA-X79-UP4 Dual Motherboard Review

New products in the desktop sector have taken somewhat of a break for a bit. Intel's latest Ivy Bridge release has settled in and Haswell is slated for mid 2013. As for the immediate future, Intel is on the brink of releasing Ivy Bridge "E" extreme processors in the next quater, and Intel continues socket 2011 with the X79 chipset. In the mean-time, some may have forgotten that Sandy Bridge "E" processors still remain a viable and even better performing platform than Ivy Bridge. Today, we have a dual-motherboard review for you guys today, and both of them are from Gigabyte. Gigabyte is one of the top tier motherboard manufacturers and there was no mistaking that their last release, the Gigabyte Z77 Sniper M.3, was well executed. The Z77 Sniper boasted more features and benefits than any other Gigabyte motherboard, and we were frankly dazzled by the product. Just as the Z77 chipset upgrades to PCIE and USB 3.0, the X79 chipset already has these features with only one issue: Sandy Bridge "E" processors do not support PCIE 3.0. Still, in many respects, the Sandy Bridge "E" is the best alternative in terms of raw performance, at least until Ivy Bridge "E" is released.



 
 
 
 
 

Cooler Master CM Storm Stryker Chassis

Sometimes it's tough to search for that perfect chassis. Whether you are looking for design or functionality, finding the perfect case poses a number of challenges. We have the opportunity today to take a look at the new Cooler Master CM Storm Stryker Chassis to see how close it comes to that "Holy Grail" of balancing looks and usefulness. We must say, the unique touches, in both form and functionality, that Cooler Master has added into the Stryker really caught our attention. As we move further into this review you will see why. Before we delve deeper into the versatility of this chassis we will talk a little about Cooler Master's design aesthetic with the Stryker Chassis.



 
 
 
 
 

In Win GreenMe 750W

The In Win GreenMe 750W features a styling white exterior, an 80Plus Bronze certification, and an enticing price of only $99. It's not a modular cable setup, but that's not unsurprising in this power range and at this price. We know that power supplies are a component where quality is critically important, and you get what you pay for. So does the quality of the GreenMe reflect its affordable price, or ca n it reach beyond and amount to something more for consumers looking to find a great deal? Click through to find out.



 
 
 
 
 

Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced Ultra Mini ITX Compact Case

With the home theater becoming a big part of the family entertainment experience, many of us are on the lookout for the perfect home theater computer case. Most of us need something with a small foot print yet big enough to hold the necessary hardware. Also, its aesthetics need to fit in with your home theater surround sound system, so looks are paramount. Today we will be looking at the Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced HTPC to see if it’s just what the doctor ordered. Here's a brief description of the case. The Cooler Master’s Elite 120 Advanced is an ultra-compact case with support for full size high-end components. The Elite 120 supports a full size ATX PSU, the largest video cards, 5.25” optical drive bay and will hold a combination of up to 5 HDDs and SSDs. The Elite 120 Advanced also features 3 fan positions for excellent air flow to keep the system cool and quiet. It's nicely painted in a matte black throughout and topped off with a stylish front bezel that features an anodized brushed aluminum fascia. Check out more at the link...



 
 
 
 
 

Giada i53 Mini PC

Housing an entire system in what is arguably the smallest form we've ever seen, the Giada i53 appears to be a very capable little machine for consumers on a modest budget that don't have need of the cost or horsepower of a full-sized desktop system. The i53 features an impressive Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive, WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities, and Windows 7 pre-installed. Needless to say, there are some distinct advantages of going with a system setup like this. But does smaller mean less, or do good things really come in small packages? Click through to find out.



 
 
 
 
 

XSPC AX360 Radiator

We don't often write enough reviews on PC water cooling heat exchangers. Often referred to as radiators or rads. However when an intriguing product surfaces on the market, we will jump on it. In this article we will be talking about the new AX360 slim profile high performance radiator from XSPC. The water cooling pioneer has a long reputation of producing solid performing products at exceptional prices. The company has stepped up to the plate in recent years to unleash some very nice water cooling gear such as the Raystorm CPU water block, D5 Bay Reservoir series and high-end water cooling enclosures for the die-hard fans. The AX360 should be a welcome addition in a long line of great products.



 
 
 
 
 

VisionTek Connect – USB 3.0 Display Adapters

In today's workstation environment the multi-display workstation has become rather popular, but not everyone can afford expensive video cards to facilitate that. Today we will take a look at an inexpensive way to expand your desktop space. We are reviewing two products from VisionTek that are meant to be affordable, easy to use and portable. We have the VisionTek's USB 3.0 to HDMI Adapter, and the USB 3.0 to HDMI+DVI Dual Display Adapter. Both allow you to connect an additional monitor through your USB 3.0 port, and one offers the ability to use two more. First, lets look at some information about VisionTek. Click through for more...



 
 
 
 
 

HIS 7970 X

Not only does this HIS 7970 X come with a Turbo overclock among the highest on the market, it also sports the company's latest IceQ X2 custom cooler. From what we've seen of HIS in the past, we're hoping for some great results on this card, not only in terms of performance but also low temperatures and noise. The 7970 X also has a couple surprises in store for those wanting Eyefinity gaming out of the box, up to Eyefinity 6 in fact. It's a very special premium graphics card, but the question is: Can the HIS 7970 X beat the GTX 680? Click through to find out.



 
 
 
 
 

Crucial v4 256GB

It's not always the enthusiasts (and well-heeled) that want blistering speeds, and certainly not just in the SSD arena. Anyone with an SSD can benefit from massive performance gains over a hard drive, from the most diehard to the budget-oriented consumer. So the Crucial v4 targets the latter, offering an SSD that's very accessible to users on a modest budget. Specifically, the v4 is limited to the SATA II 3G interface, so we're not expecting record-breaking performance results today. But at a price of $189, it's a very attractive option. Let's just say that Crucial's stated specifications for this drive turned out to be very conservative, and we were pleasantly surprised by the performance offered by the v4.






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