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Comments (0) | March 29, 2017 07:52AM PST | bp9801

The middle of the week is here, bringing with it a couple of items for your viewing pleasure. We have an article comparing the Intel Core i7-7700K to the AMD Ryzen 7 1700 in an assortment of games, since plenty people will want to know what their new processor can do while gaming. There's also a review on the Lexar JumpDrive P20 Flash Drive, off...

Comments (0) | March 28, 2017 03:57PM PST | CheeseMan42

Researcher Tavis Ormandy of Google's Project Zero has found his third Last Pass vulnerability this month, and described it as "a major architectural problem." A proof-of-concept exploit was created and sent to Last Pass by Ormandy, who was thanked by the company in a blog post. The exploit "makes it possible for malicious websites to steal user ...

Comments (0) | March 28, 2017 08:16AM PST | Guest_Jim_*
Mafia III Gets Demo and First Paid DLC

Mafia III launched last October and if you are considering getting it, but have not yet decided, 2K and Hangar 13 have made a playable demo of it available. This demo covers the first act of the game, allowing you to experience the bank heist gone wrong that sets Lincoln Clay on his path to take down the Italian mob in New Bordeaux. The demo is ...

Comments (0) | March 28, 2017 07:49AM PST | bp9801

The end of March is approaching fast, but we still have plenty of items for you to check out before then. There's a look at the BitFenix Shogun E-ATX case, a super mid-tower model packed to the brim with high-end features and customization options. For another case with a ton of customization options, the Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 6 gets revi...

Comments (0) | March 27, 2017 08:20AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

In 1998 Blizzard released StarCraft, a game that has unquestionably left its mark on the world with how it changed the RTS genre and laid the foundation for modern esports. Now the company has announced StarCraft Remastered, an overhaul of the classic and StarCraft: Brood Wars expansion. It will update the graphics and audio but preserve the ori...

Comments (0) | March 27, 2017 07:56AM PST | bp9801

The final week of March has arrived, with several items for you to check out to get things started. We have another look at the AMD Ryzen 7 1700 CPU, the company's new 65W potential powerhouse. For your storage needs, perhaps the Silicon Power S56 240GB TLC SSD is the one to get. We have an article examining some of the best PC games you should ...

Comments (1) | March 25, 2017 02:15PM PST | Guest_Jim_*

Researchers at Cybellum, a security company focused on zero-day attacks, have discovered a means to use a Microsoft tool to inject malicious code into processes, including security processes. The tool is the Microsoft Application Verifier, which has been a part of Windows since XP and is meant to help developers find programming errors. It does ...

Comments (1) | March 24, 2017 02:27PM PST | CheeseMan42

Twitter is considering creating a premium version of its social networking service "aimed at professionals" that would expand its revenue streams and offer additional features. Twitter has been free for its 11 year history, but a subscription model would allow it to finally monetize some of its 319 million users. Twitter spokeswoman Brielle Vill...

Comments (1) | March 24, 2017 12:51PM PST | Guest_Jim_*

For a long time the material indium tin oxide (ITO) has been a requirement in several technologies because it is a transparent conductor. One issue with ITO is that indium is quite rare, making the material ever more expensive, and another is that it is rather fragile. A potential alternative for a transparent conductor is a silver ultrathin fil...

Comments (0) | March 24, 2017 07:46AM PST | bp9801

The end of the week has arrived, with a few items to help you welcome in the weekend. There's a review of the Toshiba OCZ VX500 SSD, featuring MLC NAND and a Toshiba controller to help replace the older Vector 180 line. We also have a look at the Phononic HEX 2.0 Thermoelectric CPU cooler that can work as just a regular heat sink or turn it up i...

Comments (0) | March 23, 2017 03:04PM PST | CheeseMan42
Corsair Unveils First Fully Built Gaming PC

Corsair has had its hand in several markets for PC components including cases, fans, keyboards, and mice for more than 22 years. With the Corsair ONE, the company is making its first foray into the fully built PC market. CEO and founder Andy Paul described the decision stating, "We knew now was the right time to bring together all our knowledge ...

Comments (0) | March 23, 2017 08:30AM PST | bp9801

The week is starting to wind down, but not before there are several items for you to check out. We have a review of the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X CPU, as well as another look at the Ryzen 7 1700, offering you some more insight into just what they can do and if your new build should have one of these at its core. There's a look at the Bloody B820R RGB Ga...

Comments (0) | March 23, 2017 08:01AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

Since the announcement last month for the Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade expansion, Stardock has been releasing Dev Diaries covering some of the changes that will be coming with this apparently quite large and significant expansion. So far the Civilization Builder, Galactic Citizens, changes to the 4X experience to resolve the late game gri...

Comments (0) | March 23, 2017 07:36AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

With the development of low-level graphics APIs, we have been promised improved performance by way of computer components being more efficiently used. One example of this is the ability to make many times more draw calls thanks to reduced overhead on a CPU. Some time ago Futuremark added to 3DMark an API Overhead feature test to illustrate the d...

Comments (1) | March 22, 2017 10:23AM PST | Guest_Jim_*
GOG Galaxy Exiting Beta Phase Next Month

While Steam may be the dominate client for purchasing, downloading, and managing PC games, DRM-free competitor GOG.com launched a beta of its vision of such a client called GOG Galaxy. Earlier today it was announced that version 1.2 will take the client out of beta, and if anyone wants to try it they can install the current GOG Galaxy beta and e...

Comments (0) | March 22, 2017 07:56AM PST | bp9801

The middle of the week is upon us, with a few items to get you over the hump. We have a simulated take on what to expect from the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X and 1500X CPUs, which will be interesting to look back and see how close things were when the actual parts arrive early in April. For some mobile performance, there's a preview of the Qualcomm Snapdr...

Comments (0) | March 21, 2017 03:08PM PST | CheeseMan42

AMD is planning to release a BIOS update to fix an issue in the Fused Multiply-Add (FMA3) code that is causing systems with a Ryzen CPU to hang. The company didn't provide details on what the specific issue was but stated, "We are aware of select instances where FMA code can result in a system hang. We have identified the root cause." The proble...

Comments (0) | March 21, 2017 02:54PM PST | CheeseMan42
Corsair Announces Vengeance RGB DDR4 Memory

Corsair has added a new variation to its popular Vengeance line of DDR4 products, and it is no surprise that the new set features RGB lighting. RGB lighting is popping up in all types of product lines, and Corsair is no stranger with several keyboards, mice, and fans that already feature the accents. The lighting is controlled using Corsair LINK...

Comments (0) | March 21, 2017 08:33AM PST | Guest_Jim_*
Serious Sam Fusion 2017 from Croteam Enters Beta

Some of you may have noticed a new item appear in your Steam library: Serious Sam Fusion 2017 (beta). The reason we got this is because Croteam is unifying multiple Serious Sam games into this central hub, which has some interesting benefits. For now it only has Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter included, and if you have a copy of that already...

Comments (0) | March 21, 2017 07:46AM PST | bp9801

Tuesday is here, with a couple of items along the way for you to check out. We have a review of the OPSEAT Master Series Gaming Chair, the first line from the company and one that seeks to hit all the right notes to truly make it OP. Our other item shows you how to customize Chrome's New Tab page, giving you easy access to your most visited site...

Comments (0) | March 20, 2017 09:28AM PST | Guest_Jim_*
Intel Announces First Optane SSDs for Data Centers

Intel does a lot more than just make CPUs and one of its promising memory technologies is finally coming to products. Developed with Micron, 3D XPoint memory is a new memory technology that can reach speeds up to 1000 times faster than the NAND memory we have all come to love, while also being 10 times denser. Those are definitely desirable char...

Comments (0) | March 20, 2017 07:59AM PST | bp9801

A new week has begun, with several items along the way to get you started off right. There's a review of the Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum, a wireless gaming mouse that should take your games to new heights, especially since you can use it wired, too. If you're after a new keyboard, maybe the ROCCAT Skeltr Gaming Keyboard, featuring a unique way ...

Comments (0) | March 17, 2017 11:54AM PST | Guest_Jim_*
Corsair Tenkeyless K63 Mechanical Keyboard Announced

If you are looking for a new mechanical keyboard, Corsair may have just announced what you want. The K63 is a mechanical keyboard using CHERRY MX Red switches with per-key red LED illumination. Using the CORSAIR Utility Engine (CUE) you can control each key's lighting and assign new commands or macros to them if you wish. It is a tenkeyless keyb...

Comments (0) | March 17, 2017 07:51AM PST | bp9801

St. Patrick's Day has arrived, bringing with it a couple of items to help you get through the day before any celebrations commence. We have another look at the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X, 1700X, and 1700 CPUs,  giving us a look at just what the long-awaited parts have to offer across a range of tests. If you're after some way to enjoy your tunes without ...

Comments (0) | March 16, 2017 10:21AM PST | Guest_Jim_*
Shadow Warrior 2 Receives Free Bounty Hunt Part 1 DLC

Last year saw the release of Shadow Warrior2 and today it has received a new piece of free DLC. To mark the release, the game is 25% off on Steam for the weekend. This new DLC is Bounty Hunt Part 1 and adds 14 new missions to the game, two new weapons, and four new perks for Lo Wang to enjoy. The new weapons are the Medusa Ray and EX-GF01 minig...

Comments (0) | March 16, 2017 08:37AM PST | Guest_Jim_*
Ryzen 5 CPUs Announced by AMD with April 11 Availability

Two weeks ago AMD released its Ryzen 7 CPUs targeting more performance-hungry enthusiasts and now it has announced the mainstream-targeting Ryzen 5 processors at a press event in China. While the Ryzen 7 line consists only of 8-core/16-thread processors, Ryzen 5 has both 6-core/12-thread and 4-core/8-thread options. The two 6-core CPUs are the 1...

Comments (0) | March 16, 2017 07:55AM PST | bp9801

The week is starting to wind down, but not before we have several items for you to check out. There is a look at the Gigabyte Z170XP-SLI motherboard, offering plenty of features and support for the new Intel Kaby Lake parts without breaking the bank. On the AMD side of the equation, we have an article examining the upcoming Ryzen 5 CPUs, which o...

Comments (0) | March 15, 2017 04:11PM PST | CheeseMan42

Google has announced that the Chrome browser will change how it handles background tabs in an attempt to improve battery life. These tabs are estimated to "consume a third of Chrome's power usage on desktop." Users of Chrome on a laptop, tablet, or cell phone should see the most significant impact as these devices are more likely to be running o...

Comments (0) | March 15, 2017 12:09PM PST | Guest_Jim_*

There are a number of battery technologies out there that employ different methods to store and deliver electricity. Many store energy within their solid electrodes, but flow batteries actually use liquid electrolytes for storage. Today you can find large scale flow batteries used in stationary applications, but thanks to researchers at ETH Zuri...

Comments (0) | March 15, 2017 07:44AM PST | bp9801

The Ides of March have arrived, but fortunately you don't have to beware either item we have for you today. There is a look at some FCAT VR numbers for the GTX 1060 and RX 480 video cards, giving you an idea what to expect performance-wise in VR and just how tough obtaining accurate information for it can be. Our other item for the day is a revi...

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