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Comments (0) | September 22, 2017 11:20AM PST | bp9801

Friday is upon us, with several items for you to check out as the weekend starts off. We have a look at the ASUS ROG Strix XG27VQ monitor, sporting a 27" screen and a refresh rate of 144Hz with AMD FreeSync support. There are a couple of build logs today, with one being the Ultimate RGB Build that explores the beginning stages of the hardware ga...

Comments (0) | September 20, 2017 12:06PM PST | bp9801

The middle of the week is upon us, with a few items for your viewing pleasure today. We have a look at the CHERRY B.UNLIMITED 3.0 Keyboard and Mouse Kit, which is a wireless kit so you can sit where you want while playing the latest games. If you're after a system already built for gaming, perhaps the AVADirect BattleBox Ultimate X370 Gaming Sys...

Comments (0) | September 20, 2017 10:27AM PST | Guest_Jim_*
Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope Exits Early Access on Steam

Eleven months ago Croteam, put Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope on Steam Early Access and today the developer has fully launched it. To mark the occasion, it is 25% off on both Steam and the Oculus Store. Part of this final update is the addition of playable character Serious Sammy and randomly generated missions, providing limitless gameplay for t...

Comments (0) | September 19, 2017 11:37AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

Last month AMD launched the gamer-targeting RX Vega 64 and Vega 56 GPUs, which are currently only available as reference cards, when you can find them in stock. With various reports of the Vega 64 especially running hot, many are recommending and waiting for custom from various AIB manufacturers. To date though, only Asus has announced a custom ...

Comments (0) | September 19, 2017 10:15AM PST | bp9801

Tuesday is upon us, with a few items along the way for you to check out. There is a review of the AMD A12-9800, a Bristol Ridge APU that offers plenty of performance and integrated video for not much more than $100. We have a look at an affordable RGB LED strip you can add to your monitor to help reduce eye strain and look pretty cool in the pro...

Comments (0) | September 18, 2017 11:21AM PST | bp9801

Monday is upon us, with a new week bringing several items for you to check out. We have a look at the GIGABYTE Z270X-Gaming 8 motherboard, offering a hybrid water block for the VRM for better cooling and a ton of other high-end features to appeal to the enthusiast crowd. If you need something a little smaller, maybe the ECS Z270H4-I is more your...

Comments (0) | September 18, 2017 11:02AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

In recent years there has been a trend for technologies to go wireless for both form and convenience. Wireless charging is among the advancements being added to technologies, but it often comes at increased cost and weight because it requires special components be added to the device. While there is a reason these parts need to be added, instead...

Comments (4) | September 15, 2017 12:21PM PST | Guest_Jim_*

At this point, if you have been following what AMD has been doing with its CPUs, you may know the entire stack of CPUs, from Ryzen 3 to Threadripper and Epyc, are all using the same Zeppelin die, with binning deciding where the dies. Those Zeppelin dies feature eight cores between their two core complexes (CCXs), 32 PCIe 3.0 lanes, and dual-chan...

Comments (0) | September 15, 2017 10:57AM PST | bp9801

Friday is here, with several items to get your weekend started on the right foot. We have a look at a build with a Core i7 and with a Ryzen 5 paired with the Vega 64 and GTX 1080 video cards to give you an idea of where to go if you're unsure of your next build. If you want a PC already built and ready to go, perhaps the AVA Direct Avant is for ...

Comments (0) | September 14, 2017 11:24AM PST | bp9801

Thursday is here, with several items for you to check out as we start to get ready for the weekend. We have a benchmark of some lower end video cards that just might be perfect for eSports, as the GeForce GT 1030 goes against the Radeon RX 550 to see which should be in your rig. If you're after a new case, perhaps the Raijintek Thetis is for you...

Comments (0) | September 13, 2017 08:24AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

This news was somewhat surprising to see today as Raja Koduri, the head of Radeon Technologies Group, the GPU division of AMD, is going to be taking a sabbatical from September 25 into December. This follows closely behind the release of the RX Vega 64 and Vega 56 GPUs, but as Raja notes in the email he sent to RTG colleagues, the last quarter o...

Comments (0) | September 12, 2017 12:46PM PST | Guest_Jim_*
Galactic Civilizations III and Crusade Updated to Version 2.5

Today Galactic Civilizations III and its expansion, Crusade, have received the major v2.5 update. With this update come improvements to AI, UI, balance, and performance.

Some of these improvements you will see in GalCiv3 actually come from in Crusade being brought into the original game, but naturally not with the expansion's special features. ...

Comments (0) | September 12, 2017 12:21PM PST | bp9801

Tuesday is rolling along, with several items for you to check out today. We have plenty of keyboard options for you, starting with the GAMDIAS HERMES P1 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. This model features switches from TTC, so a little different take than the typical Cherry MX offerings, but does have plenty to like in terms of features, startin...

Comments (0) | September 12, 2017 10:33AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

Games and artificial intelligence are not exactly strangers as there have been various kinds of AIs in games for years. In the future though, we might see AI playing a role in creating the games and not just giving us opponents. This is thanks to researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology where they have made an AI that can recreate a game's...

Comments (0) | September 12, 2017 05:35AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

This is some news that for anyone who wants an SNES Classic but did not secure a pre-order might be glad to hear. Today Nintendo has released a statement that the company will ship more units of the SNES Classic in the US on its September 29 launch date than it shipped NES Classic units all last year. Naturally these will not be the only shipmen...

Comments (0) | September 11, 2017 09:36AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

From the developers of Grow Home and Grow Up comes Atomega, a new online multiplayer FPS from Ubisoft. In this game you play as an Exoform, a post-biological lifeform existing at the end of the universe, fighting over mass. When you enter the arena you start as the small Atom, but by collecting mass by finding it or fighting for it, you can gain...

Comments (0) | September 8, 2017 12:27PM PST | Guest_Jim_*

AMD just recently released its RX Vega GPUs, the RX Vega 64 and Vega 56, and both of these along with the Vega Frontier Edition are all based on the Vega 10 architecture. This would be the larger Vega chip with Vega 11 being the smaller, more mainstream-targeting design and it appears AMD has placed the order for packaging these. According to Di...

Comments (0) | September 8, 2017 12:27PM PST | Guest_Jim_*

For this Friday's roundup we have a look at Intel's i7-7820X CPU by Think Computers, who also took looked at the Zotac 10 Year Anniversary Sonix 480 GB PCIe SSD. Over at PC Perspective the Clutch Chairz Throttle Series Gaming Chair was reviewed and NVIDIA WhisperMode was tested to see how much an impact it has on typically loud gaming laptops. P...

Comments (0) | September 8, 2017 11:36AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

If you are looking to put together a new computer, or make some serious upgrades in the near future, G.Skill has announced new DDR4 memory kits that are tested at 4600 MHz. To achieve this high a speed without extreme cooling, hand selected Samsung B-die components are used for this new Trident Z series flagship. The timings are CL 19-23-23-43 a...

Comments (0) | September 7, 2017 06:17AM PST | Guest_Jim_*
Rockstar Stepping into VR with L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files

Originally released back in 2011, Rockstar Games has announced new versions of L.A. Noire are coming November 14, 2017. These new versions will bring the game to the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One consoles, but also to the HTC Vive. L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files is going to be Rockstar's first venture into VR and will feature seven...

Comments (0) | September 6, 2017 11:32AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

When thinking about the semiconductors within our computers and other devices, as we surely do at times, chances are we just think about silicon, but there are more materials than that one involved. On its own, silicon actually will not conduct electricity, which is why other molecules called dopants are added to the material, but adding too man...

Comments (0) | September 6, 2017 05:30AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

I hope everyone who celebrated it enjoyed their Labor Day weekend! Coming back from it we have a number of things to check out including a review of the Cougar Immersa Pro Gaming Headset, the Shuttle XPC nano NC03U Barebone PC, the HP SSD S700 Pro 1TB drive, and the mid-2017 Razer Blade Stealth. There is also a review of the survival game Distru...

Comments (0) | September 4, 2017 06:21AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

If you are running a Gigabyte motherboard for an AMD Ryzen-based build, you may want to avoid the latest BIOS update. User reports have been coming in to different forums that the BIOS is significantly overvolting the CPU. Apparently the voltage is jumping to 1.55 V, instead of the default 1.2 V. One user, the one who posted at the TechPowerup f...

Comments (0) | September 1, 2017 08:45AM PST | bp9801

Friday is here, as is the first day of September. We have some items for you to check out, starting with a look at the ECS Z270-LIGHTSABER and Z270H4-I motherboards. Both run on Intel's latest consumer chipset, with each one offering plenty of options for whatever size build you have in mind. If you're more after an AMD build, perhaps the Gigaby...

Comments (1) | August 31, 2017 01:47PM PST | Guest_Jim_*

A month ago AMD announced a third Ryzen Threadripper and today the 1900X has launched. This is an 8-core/16-thread HEDT CPU and has an MSRP of $549, which would make it more expensive than the 8-core/16-thread Ryzen 7 CPUs, but it has Threadriprer features the less expensive chips do not. For starters, the 1900X has 64 PCIe 3.0 lanes off of the ...

Comments (0) | August 30, 2017 07:39AM PST | bp9801

The middle of the week is upon us, with a few items to get you through the day. We have a review of the Cooler Master MasterSet MS120, offering a mouse and keyboard bundled together to get you gaming right away for an affordable price. If you're after just a keyboard, then maybe the Kingston HyperX Alloy Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is for y...

Comments (5) | August 29, 2017 01:11PM PST | Guest_Jim_*

It is without question that PCIe is one of the most important technologies in modern computers as so much is run through this interface, from graphics to storage, networking, and more. As important as it is though, the current PCIe 3.0 standard has been out since 2010, much longer than the 4-year update cycle PCI-SIG, the organization that defin...

Comments (0) | August 29, 2017 07:35AM PST | bp9801

Tuesday is here, with a couple of items on the bill for you to check out. We have a look at the be quiet! SFX-L 600W power supply, offering a ton of power and a fully modular design for the small form factor units. Our other item for the day is the Arozzi Arena Gaming Desk, which has a large, stable platform that's perfect for holding all your c...

Comments (0) | August 28, 2017 12:26PM PST | Guest_Jim_*

Some months ago, Microsoft announced the coming of Windows Mixed Reality headsets from multiple manufacturers. These headsets are meant to help make virtual reality more accessible to people, with lower price tags and simpler technologies. Now some more details have been revealed at IFA, including that the headsets will support VR content on Ste...

Comments (0) | August 28, 2017 07:42AM PST | bp9801

The final week of August has arrived, with several items along the way. We have a review of the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX case, providing a budget-friendly price with features normally found on higher end models. The AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G video card is put to the test to show what it can do for your games. If you want to k...

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