Overclockers UK Titan Dark Zone Gaming PC Review

Introduction


Overclockers UK is one of the leading stockists of PC hardware and their engineering team produces an impressive range of custom rigs to suit contrasting tastes. Whether you’re looking for a silent air-cooled build, or extreme overclocked PC with premium water cooling parts, there’s something designed for your specific requirements. Often, whenever a new game is released which sells remarkably well, consumers like to pay homage with a system based around its theme. This can be a challenge especially if the game in question doesn’t have a distinctive colour scheme. The Division is an open world third-person shooter set in a bleak vision of New York City ravaged by a smallpox pandemic. This intriguing setting and captivating multiplayer confrontations have proved to be incredibly popular! As a result, The Division became Ubisoft’s fastest selling game on record and attracted a very passionate community.

This success story has given Overclockers UK inspiration for their latest gaming PC entitled the Titan Dark Zone. The system opts for orange braided PSU extension cables and vibrant LED lighting which creates a stunning aesthetic design. Combining the orange tones with black jet black components is quite unusual and a reference to The Division’s box art. Therefore, the Titan Dark Zone is a dream come true for fans of this particular title and features a very potent specification capable of powering VR devices without any concessions. The Intel i7-6700K is professionally overclocked to 4.5GHz using the Alpenfohn Broken 2 cooler. As a result, I expect to see an impeccable performance to noise ratio which surpasses many closed-loop-coolers. On another note, the 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 memory, factory overclocked GTX 980Ti and Samsung 250GB boot drive should be able to provide a sensational gaming experience even on high-resolution monitors. Rather surprising, Overclockers UK have decided to use a non-modular power supply which complicates cables management. On the other hand, the PSU has received a great deal of critical acclaim and showcases the careful decision-making process when designing a system’s specification.

Specifications

  • Name: Overclockers UK Titan Dark Zone
  • Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX
  • Motherboard: MSI Z170A-SLI Plus
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6700K Overclocked to 4.5GHz
  • Processor Cooler: Alpenfohn Broken 2
  • System Memory: Team Group Elite 16GB (8x2GB) 2400MHz CL16 RAM
  • Main Boot Drive: Samsung 250GB 850 Evo SSD
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): Seagate 2TB 7200RPM HDD
  • Graphics card: MSI GeForce GTX 980ti Armor X2 6GB
  • Power Supply: XFX TS 750W 80 Plus Gold
  • Peripherals: N/A
  • Monitor: N/A
  • Optical Drive: N/A 
  • Wireless: N/A
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
  • Warranty: Three Year (24 Month Collect and Return plus 12 Month labour) Mainland UK and Ireland Only
  • Price: £1549.99

Packing and Accessories

The system arrived in an extremely large box which cannot fit on my photography backdrop. This is the reason why I’ve taken a snapshot in the hallway to emphasize the package’s mammoth size. Overclockers UK always adopt such an attentive approach to packaging and employ durable materials which enhances the level of protection substantially. It’s evidently clear that the company has considered the strain delicate PCs go under during transit and taken every necessary step to dramatically reduce the probability of damage occurring.

Once the top cover has been removed, we can see an ample supply of durable cardboard inserts which holds the system firmly in position.

The Titan Dark Zone is placed in the original chassis box and secured with strong tape. Honestly, I’d be extremely surprised if you received the system with even cosmetic imperfections considering multiple layers were used for protective purposes.

There’s additional support inside the chassis box via two strong polystyrene blocks.

The system’s internal components are surrounded by three Instapak foam pieces. These are essential additions which protect the CPU mounting and prevent the graphics card from applying too much pressure on the PCI-E slot during delivery.

In terms of accessories, OCUK included a Welcome Pack and Windows 10 Home OEM DVD containing the product code. The Welcome Pack outlines the system’s specification, and warranty terms in an easy to understand manner. Personally, I love the overall presentation and solder joints design on the front cover.

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Cougar Sport Orange 300M Optical Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


The latest Cougar gaming mouse is here at last! We’ve already reviewed a few Cougar peripherals here at eTeknix, such as the 600M mouse, 200k mouse and keyboard combo, 600K and 700K keyboard reviews. With so many products in the last year alone, I’m happy to say that Cougar is quickly becoming one of my favourite peripheral manufacturers and that’s a trend I hope to see continue with our review of their latest product, the 300M optical gaming mouse.

The 300M takes its inspiration from the classic IntelliMouse shape, one that has proven popular with gamers and PC users in general for many years. It comes with seven programmable buttons, three profiles, a 16.8 million colour LED and a range of funky and bright colours to choose from. The hardware sounds good too, with a trusty ADNS-3090 optical sensor, 1ms response time and Omron gaming switches; that’s nothing crazy overall, but it certainly ticks enough boxes to make this mouse attractive to both gamers and day-to-day desktop users alike.

The packaging is nice and tidy, showing a good image of the mouse as well as a quick rundown of the main hardware specifications.

Around the back, you’ll find details of the UIX system and buttons, but we’ll take a closer look at each of those in a few minutes.

There’s pretty much nothing extra included in the box, just a hard-wired mouse and the user manual; not that you need much else of course.

The cable comes with a durable black braided cable, which looks great and should improve overall lifespan of the cable.

The 300M is really nicely designed, although that’s hardly much credit to Cougar, as the IntelliMouse shape is something we’ve seen virtually ever manufacturer copy over the years. This is no bad thing of course, it’s a good size and shape to compliment most people’s hands and that’s exactly what you want.

The black and orange looks pretty cool in my opinion, others may disagree. There’s a pair of switches down the left side of the mouse, with long buttons to make them easy to access with your thumb.

The finish on the 300M is pretty slick, with a soft grippy rubber that provides excellent grip, despite the fact it looks and feels silky smooth. This kind of finish is also great for maintenance, as it’s easy to clean and difficult to scratch.

There’s a nice rubber-gripped scroll wheel which colour matches the side panels of the mouse, as well as a programmable button which is set to DPI toggle by default.

As you can see, the 300M ergonomics are designed for right-hand use.

The base of the mouse has two absolutely massive slipmats, that’s a better finished that most other mice. This means that the 300K glides like a cloud in a breeze on virtually any gaming surface, especially so thanks to the lightweight design of the mouse in general.

The seventh mouse button is tucked away on the base, perfect for using as a profile toggle, or DPI changer for those who don’t like having such a button within accidental pressing range mid-game.

BitFenix Prodigy M Colour Series Micro-ATX Chassis Review

Introduction


It’s been two years since I first reviewed the BitFenix Prodigy M, but today, I’ll be revisiting this now classic Prodigy chassis design to take a look at the latest Colour series from BitFenix. Colour choices are always a welcome addition to any range and from a consumer perspective, having more choice is no bad thing. Colour coordinating your build becomes a lot easier when you can pick something that suits your needs and preferences. Today I’ve got the Prodigy M Red, as well as a few other bonus goodies from BitFenix to help with the build, such as the BitFenix Fury PSU, a 120mm Spectra Pro red LED fan, a BitFenix Alchemy white LED strip, as well as a red side panel window.

Prodigy M Colours available

  • Midnight Black
  • Arctic White
  • Fire Red
  • Atomic Orange
  • Vivid Green
  • Cobalt Blue

As you can see, this is the original Prodigy shape and design, the only real difference is the colour, which is obviously red.

The SofTouch treated front panel and the handle/stands on the top and bottom blend nicely with the soft finish of the red paintwork.

The black trim fits rather well, especially since most gaming hardware is in red and black these days; this should be one of the more popular colour choices.

The back of the chassis is still finished in black, which suggests the core of the chassis is the same across the whole colour range, with just the exterior panels being swapped; makes sense really.

The top ventilation cover.

Behind which you’ll find the dual 120mm fan mounts.

The bottom of the chassis comes with a heat guard, although this can be removed if you wish to install fans in the base of the chassis.

If you don’t want extra fans here, you can opt for mounting hard drives directly to the base of the chassis.

Firefox OS Phone Lands in Africa

Firefox OS smartphones went on sale in Senegal and Madagascar. Klif, first Firefox OS device is exclusive to French telecom operator Orange. The Alcatel Onetouch’s device is extremely budget friendly low-end sports 3G+ with connectivity speeds of up to 21 Mbps, 3.5″ HVGA display, Dual Core MediaTek CPU coupled with 512MB RAM and 2MP camera powered by 1400 mAh battery. It is by no means contender to Android and Apple’s Flagship. It runs highly optimised Firefox OS aimed for seamless web browsing experiences.

“We are pleased to partner with Orange to bring the mobile Web to users in a substantial number of new growth markets across Africa and the Middle East, I am also thrilled to see how the imminent arrival of Firefox OS has created excitement in the local Mozilla communities.” said Mozilla CTO, Andreas Gal.

They are trying to get devices in the hands of people who’ve never owned any type of smartphone. The main idea with this 3G smartphone is to get more people online in places where they previously couldn’t. After the announcement from Mozilla and Orange back in Mobile World Conference 2015 in February, Africa is their main focus. It makes strong sense to make affordable devices available in markets like Africa where the potential is huge and could bring significant growth.

Thank you Mozilla for providing us with information.

Watch 6 Minutes of A Clockwork Orange Recreated in GTA V

We’ve seen a number of movie parodies created with GTA. Most recently we shared that clever recreation of the new Star Wars movie trailer. Now ‘GTA Series Videos’ has put this together – six whole minutes of famous scenes from Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. 

It’s incredible how this has been put together. The console versions of the game don’t necessarily allow for any sort of modifications, so this must have been quite a lengthy process for the 12+ team of players who put it together.

Source: The Verge

BT in Exclusive Talks to Buy EE

BT have entered into exclusive talks to buy EE for £12.5 billion. The period of exclusivity will lasts “several weeks”, according to BT, to ensure enough time to negotiate a satisfactory deal.

Back in November, BT was linked with the purchase of either EE or Telefonica-owned O2. EE is the largest mobile network in the UK, with a 33.8% market share, according to Citigroup. As part of the proposed deal, EE’s owners, Deutsche Telecom and Orange, would take a 12% and 4% stake in BT, respectively. With its 12% stake, Deutsche Telecom would be entitled to appoint a member to BT’s board. BT issued a statement regarding the potential purchase, saying, “The proposed acquisition would enable BT to accelerate its existing mobility strategy.”

Source: BBC

BT Confirmed to be in Talks to Buy EE

Just a few days after we reported on the news that BT is in talks to purchase O2, it’s now been confirmed that they’re also interested in Everything Everywhere – EE.

Deutsche Telekom and Orange, the two owners of EE, say that they are in the early “exploratory” stages of acquisition talks.

“Deutsche Telekom AG and Orange SA are having  highly preliminary exploratory discussions with British Telecom,  although it is too early to state whether any transaction may occur.  Deutsche Telekom and Orange will make further announcements if and when appropriate.”

This wave of acquisition talks from BT has come as no surprise. BT’s main source of income, landlines, has obviously been in decline with the rise of mobile devices and communication. That’s why many are seeing this as BT’s way of staying relevant in this new mobile world.

Source: The Next Web

 

Tizen Delayed Again, Carrier Support Found To Be Scarce For Its Handset

Word about the Tizen operating system and supporting handsets have been moving back and forth since last year, being delayed more than once. It was said that the operating system along with the first ever device of its king would release back in 2013. Well, that did not happen, of course. Other news pointed to a release after the WMC happening later this month. THen, recent rumors circulating have pointed to a release date somewhere in or after the second half of this year.

While Samsung is still struggling to bring a prototype to the WMC, which is less likely to happen now, other news reveal the actual problem behind Tizen. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the company has been delaying Tizen due to a ‘carrier’ problem. It is said that most of the mobile carriers that previously joined the Tizen project, have slowly departed and left Tizen ‘out in the cold’.

Orange carrier from France was one of the companies expected to launch the Tizen-powered smartphone, along with Japan’s NNT DoCoMo, one of Tizen’s biggest carrier partners. Both carriers have dropped support, stating that the platform is not “mature” enough and are more likely to focus on more immediate products, the ones that sell faster that is. This is quite understandable, since nobody knows exactly what will in fact happen with Tizen once it hits the market.

Even US-based Sprint renounced the Tizen smarthpone, having claimed the same reasons and fears as the previously mentioned carriers, leaving Samsung’s Tizen with scarce support for its smartphone. Becuase in the end, a smartphone is not a ”smartphone’ without carrier signal and/or a sim (why not call it a ‘smartpad’ and launch it like that? never mind…). When and if the Tizen smartphone will launch this year, it is hard to say. Maybe Samsung will pull an ace out of its sleeve and make a big impression at WMC with it, that is bound to attract carriers again. That is, if it shows up with its Tizen smartphone.

Thank you Ubergizmo for providing us with this information