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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...

Comments (0) | March 14, 2017 09:58AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

Since AMD released the Ryzen CPUs two weeks ago there have been a host of rumors and speculations trying to explain various issues reported in reviews and by people on the Internet. Now the company has released a statement on several of these concerns via a Ryzen community update.

The first topic tackled is if there is an issue with the Windows...

Comments (0) | March 14, 2017 07:49AM PST | bp9801

Pi Day is here, with several items along the way to welcome it in. For those after a new case, perhaps the Raidmax Alpha RGB is the one for you, with its mid-tower style and solid features. There is a look at how to improve the thermal performance of Kaby Lake CPUs, meaning higher or more stable overclocks are a possibility, long as you don't mi...

Comments (0) | March 13, 2017 03:43PM PST | CheeseMan42

The Nintendo Switch has been available for just 10 days, and it has already fallen victim to its' first successful hack. The vulnerability was discovered by iOS hacker qwertyoruiop and is caused by the inclusion of version 9.3 of the iOS WebKit, which contains a known exploit that was fixed in version 9.3.5. It is unclear why this compromised ve...

Comments (0) | March 13, 2017 01:09PM PST | Guest_Jim_*

Everybody wants their computer to run faster, but we are approaching theoretical limits on just what traditional silicon-based electronics are capable of. For faster speeds, new technologies will need to be developed, and they may take advantage of some unusual physics. Researchers at the University of Michigan have made a discovery that could l...

Comments (0) | March 13, 2017 09:10AM PST | bp9801

A new week is upon us, with several items along the way. We have another look at the AMD Ryzen 7 1700 processor, offering what may be the best bang for the buck in the line at this time. If you want a motherboard to go with that new Ryzen CPU, maybe the ASUS Crosshair VI Hero should be on your list to consider. There's a review of the Corsair K7...

Comments (0) | March 10, 2017 07:47AM PST | bp9801
A New Galaxy Awaits in the Mass Effect: Andromeda Launch Trailer

We are fast approaching the latest BioWare RPG, as Mass Effect: Andromeda is less than two weeks away. BioWare is planning a large prescence at PAX East this weekend, with the ability to try out the multiplayer and several panels planned (all of which can be found on its Twitch channel), but there's something else it had for this weekend. Someth...

Comments (1) | March 10, 2017 07:35AM PST | bp9801

Friday is here, with just a couple of items for your viewing pleasure. We have a look at the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti video card, the new top dog from the green team that is sure to make plenty salivate at what it can do. Our other item for the day is a look at a new case mod, where the Corsair Crystal 570X case gets turned into something with...

Comments (0) | March 9, 2017 01:47PM PST | Guest_Jim_*

Two years ago Stardock released Sorcerer King and then last year it released the stand-alone expansion Sorcerer King: Rivals. With update 2.1 of Rivals a new campaign has been added, with Chris Bucholz as its writer. It begins with the player receiving an artifact that will let them pass through the barriers the Sorcerer King put up on the world...

Comments (0) | March 9, 2017 10:14AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

Homefront: The Revolution get a few announcements and releases yesterday as part of its Spring Update. First up is that its third and final piece of single player DLC, Beyond The Walls has been released. In this DLC, the occupying KPA forces have almost crushed the revolution and Philadelphia is about to fall. At the final hour, a NATO agent mak...

Comments (0) | March 9, 2017 07:56AM PST | bp9801

The week is winding down, but not before we have plenty for you to check out. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti has arrived, with a few reviews to check out on the Founders Edition card. If you don't quite want the top dog, there's a look at the MSI GTX 1060 Aero ITX 6G OC video card, which offers a shorter size to better fit in small cases. We hav...

Comments (0) | March 8, 2017 04:48PM PST | CheeseMan42

Microsoft has been working with Qualcomm and Cavium to create a version of Windows that will run on ARM processors for use in the servers that power its' Azure Cloud service. VP of the Azure Cloud division Jason Zander said the company is "testing these chips for tasks like search, storage, machine learning and big data," but added that "It's no...

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