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News Archives for August 2017

Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, August 1, 2017, Edition

Posted: August 1, 2017 @ time: 08:03AM
Author: bp9801

A new month is here, as August kicks off with several items for you to check out. We have a review of the MSI X299 SLI Plus motherboard, providing plenty of features for a price that's sure to appeal to everyone. There's a look at the SteelSeries Rival 310 and Sensei 310 gaming mice, with a new optical sensor to help take both to the next level. The ASUS MX34VQ monitor gets put to the test to see what this 34" Ultrawide with a curved screen and 100Hz refresh rate can do for your games. Wrapping things up is a review of the Alphacool Eisplateau Anti-Static Mat, which can protect your electronics while you're working on them, as well as provide some text and graphics you can check on as you work.

Motherboards
MSI X299 SLI Plus @ ThinkComputers

Mice/Keyboards
SteelSeries Rival 310 and Sensei 310 @ LanOC Reviews

Monitors
ASUS MX34VQ @ TechSpot

Miscellany
Alphacool Eisplateau Anti-Static Mat @ LanOC Reviews


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F1 2017 Gets New Gameplay Trailer Showing Monaco Night Circuit

Posted: August 1, 2017 @ time: 05:43PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

With the August 25 release date coming up for F1 2017, Codemasters and Deep Silver have released another gameplay trailer for the next entry in the racing franchise. This new trailer shows off the Monaco street circuit at night, which is the first time it has been available to drive in the game series. Players will get to run this course with both the newest F1 cars as well as the classics the game will feature. The game will have the 20 official circuits of the current F1 season, Monaco at night, as well as four brand new short circuits set in Britain, Bahrain, the United States, and one soon-to-be-announced track.

F1 2017 releases for Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on August 25.

 

 

Source: Codemasters


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, August 2, 2017, Edition

Posted: August 2, 2017 @ time: 07:56AM
Author: bp9801

The middle of the week is here, with several items for your viewing pleasure. We have a look at the AMD Ryzen 7 1700 versus the Intel Core i7 7820X to see which of the two eight-core CPUs come out on top when pitted against each other. The Mean:It 5PM ARC Red case gets reviewed to see what this model from a new company has to offer in the tempered glass case market. If you're after some gaming audio, perhaps the GAMDIAS HEBE M1 RGB Gaming Headset, with its virtual 7.1 surround sound, is the one for you. We finish up with a look at the Unitek USB 3.0 Hub + Card Reader, which has a 3-port hub alongside a selection of memory card slots for you to use.

CPUs
Ryzen 7 1700 vs. Core i7-7820X: 8-Core Royal Rumble @ TechSpot

Cases
Mean:It 5PM ARC Red @ Benchmark Reviews

Speakers/Headphones
GAMDIAS HEBE M1 RGB Gaming Headset @ Madshrimps

Gadgets
Unitek USB 3.0 Hub + Card Reader @ ThinkComputers


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, August 3, 2017, Edition

Posted: August 3, 2017 @ time: 07:39AM
Author: bp9801

The week is starting to wind down, with several items for you to check out before it does. We have a look at the Logitech Powerplay Wireless Charging System, which consists of the Logitech G703 wireless mouse and a wireless charging pad that keeps the mouse going while you use it as a typical mouse pad. For some storage, the ASUSTOR AS6404T 4-bay NAS gets reviewed to see if it should house your files. We have an article examining how well a $200 Chromebook does at word processing and other business tasks, should you wish to go with one instead of an enthusiast system. We wrap up with a look at 20 of the worst setups seen during July.

Mice/Keyboards
Logitech Powerplay Wireless Charging System @ PC Perspective

Storage/Hard Drives
ASUSTOR AS6404T 4-bay NAS @ Madshrimps

Laptops/Tablets
Word Processing on a $200 Chromebook, Coming From an Enthusiast Desktop @ TechSpot

Miscellany
20 of the Worst PC Setups - July 2017 @ ThinkComputers


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Hardware Roundup: Friday, August 4, 2017, Edition

Posted: August 4, 2017 @ time: 07:41AM
Author: bp9801

Friday has arrived, with a few items along to welcome in the weekend. We have a review of the HP SSD S700 PRO, which features fast read and write speeds for a wallet friendly price. There's a look at the Prusa i3 MK2S Kit, a 3D printer that's more like what you'd expect one to look like, while still being able to handle whatever you want to create. We wrap up with a podcast covering the latest news and reviews of the past week.

Storage/Hard Drives
HP SSD S700 PRO @ Benchmark Reviews

Miscellany
Prusa i3 MK2S Kit @ LanOC Reviews
Podcast #461 @ PC Perspective


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, August 7, 2017, Edition

Posted: August 7, 2017 @ time: 08:00AM
Author: bp9801

A new week is upon us, with the first full week of August kicking off with several items for you to check out. We have a look at the be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Orange case, an E-ATX model that has a tempered glass side panel, black and orange coloration, and a host of features to make your build as smooth as possible. For another glass side panel option, the BitFenix Shogun Tempered Glass case gets reviewed to see what this RGB-equipped mid tower case has to bring to the table. For some gaming on a budget needs, we have a look at the AMD Ryzen 3 and its gaming potential for those desiring a new system without wanting to spend a lot of cash. If your gaming needs swing more to a new monitor, we have a look at the FreeSync and G-Sync screens to see just what kind of differences exist between the two as the technology has matured. Wrapping things up is a review of the Corsair HX Series 850W Platinum PSU, bringing a ton of stable power to your build.

Cases
be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Orange @ LanOC Reviews
BitFenix Shogun Tempered Glass @ PC Perspective

CPUs
Ryzen 3: The Ultimate Gaming Benchmark Guide @ TechSpot

Monitors
FreeSync vs. G-Sync: 2017 Update @ TechSpot

Power Supplies
Corsair HX Series 850W Platinum @ PC Perspective


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Intel Core X-Series Family Specs Officially Revealed

Posted: August 7, 2017 @ time: 05:57PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Not too long ago a slide could be found around the Internet supposedly identifying the specs for all of Intel's Core X-Series CPUs. It looks like that slide was correct as Intel has now shared it with a press release about the upcoming launch its remaining HEDT processors, including the $1999, 18-core/36-thread i9-7980XE.

That top-end part has a base clock of 2.6 GHz with a boost clock of 4.4 GHz (via Turbo Boost Max 3.0). It also has 44 PCIe lanes off of the chip. In fact, all of the X-Series CPUs above and including the i9-7900X have 44 PCIe lanes, which are all $999+ chips. The Intel X299 chipset can add up to 24 PCIe lanes on top of that, for a total of 68. AMD's soon-to-release Threadripper HEDT CPUs though all have 64 PCIe lanes off of the CPU, and its top-of-the-line 16-core/32-thread Threadripper 1950X only costs $999.

The 12-core/24-thread i9-7920X will be available on August 28 for $1199 while the 14- to 18- core CPUs will be available starting September 25 for $1399 to the aforementioned $1999. The i9-7920X has a base clock of 2.9 GHz; the i9-7940X (14-core/28-thread) has a base clock of 3.1 GHz; and the i9-7960X (16-core/32-thread) has a base clock of 2.8 GHZ. All of these CPUs have a Turbo Boost 3.0 boost clock of 4.4 GHz, with the Turbo Boost 2.0 boost clocks are 4.2 GHz or 4.3 GHz.

Source: Intel


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, August 8, 2017, Edition

Posted: August 8, 2017 @ time: 07:39AM
Author: bp9801

Tuesday is here, with a few items along the way to start off the day. We have a look at the MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK motherboard that has a host of features for its high-end nature, giving you a solid platform for your Skylake-X or Kaby Lake-X CPU. There's a review of the GeIL EVO X DDR4-3200 16GB Memory Kit, which has tight timings and RGB lighting to add that wow factor to your case. Ending things for today is a look at some laptop RAM, as the Ballistix Sport LT 16GB DDR4 SODIMM Memory Kit gets tested to see what kind of a benefit it has for your laptop.

Motherboards
MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK @ PC Perspective

Memory
GeIL EVO X DDR4-3200 16GB Memory Kit @ ThinkComputers
Ballistix Sport LT 16GB DDR4 SODIMM Memory Kit @ Madshrimps


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, August 10, 2017, Edition

Posted: August 10, 2017 @ time: 07:45AM
Author: bp9801

Thursday is here, with several items for you to check out. We have a couple of looks at two AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, as the 1920X and 1950X get put to the test to show what these new parts can do and how they compare to the competition. If you're on the Intel side of things, perhaps the AORUS X299 Gaming 9 motherboard, the flagship product in the gaming line, is the one for you. To house everything, maybe the Fractal Design Meshify C case, with its tempered glass side panel and unique mesh front, will win you over. There's a look at the WD My Passport SSD 1TB external drive, offering plenty of speed and space in a portable form. Wrapping things up is a review of the ASUS Zephyrus laptop, a slim model that still packs a GTX 1080 inside its frame.

CPUs
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X @ PC Perspective
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X & 1920X @ TechSpot

Motherboards
AORUS X299 Gaming 9 @ ThinkComputers

Cases
Fractal Design Meshify C @ Benchmark Reviews

Storage/Hard Drives
WD My Passport SSD 1TB @ LanOC Reviews

Laptops/Tablets
ASUS Zephyrus @ TechSpot


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Nearly Perfect Single-Crystal Graphene Grown on a Large Scale

Posted: August 10, 2017 @ time: 03:22PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Since its discovery, many people have been working very hard to bring graphene to various products, thanks to its strength, flexibility, and very high conductivity. One of the primary issues with the material has been the difficultly of synthesizing it, especially on large scales. Researchers at the Institute for Basic Science in Korea have discovered a possible solution though, growing large pieces of single-crystal graphene quickly and possibly without an upper-size limit.

Graphene is an atom-thick sheet of carbon with a hexagonal molecular structure to it that can transport electrons at a very high speed, while still being very strong, very flexible, and transparent. These properties give it the potential to very successfully replace silicon in electronics, but achieving this would require large, high quality pieces of the carbon allotrope. Polycrystalline graphene, which consists of many crystals that interface with each other at various angles, can be produced at large sizes, but those varied interfaces are defects that impair the material's performance, so single-crystal graphene is needed. Previously producing just a few square centimeters would require a couple hours, but this new method was able to produce a 250 cm2 (5x50 cm 2) piece of nearly perfect graphene in just 20 minutes. The researchers accomplished this by starting with a copper-foil substrate that was heated to around 1030 ºC, allowing its atoms to align, forming a single crystal of copper. Then carbon atoms were deposited onto it via chemical vapor deposition, and these atoms formed islands that eventually coalesced to make a nearly perfect, single-crystal of graphene.

Obviously this is terrific news for the future of graphene, especially as it may be possible to scale it up just by using larger pieces of copper, while still being fast and cheap. It could also lead to new ways of producing other 2D materials with special and desirable properties.

Source: Institute for Basic Science


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Hardware Roundup: Friday, August 11, 2017, Edition

Posted: August 11, 2017 @ time: 07:45AM
Author: bp9801

Friday is here, but before the week ends we have some items for you to check out. We have another look at the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X and 1950X CPUs, the highest of high-end processors from AMD that are sure to please nearly everyone. For those after some storage space, the Corsair NX500 400GB NVMe HHHL SSD gets put to the test to see what this blistering fast PCIe model can do. There's a review on the Gamdias Zeus M1 RGB Gaming Mouse to see what the 7,000 DPI optical sensor and eight programmable buttons have to offer your games. We have a look at the TP-LINK Deco Mesh WiFi system that could be a perfect fit for your home instead of a long range access point. We wrap up with a podcast covering the latest news and reviews of the past week.

CPUs
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X @ HardOCP

Storage/Hard Drives
Corsair NX500 400GB NVMe HHHL SSD @ PC Perspective

Mice/Keyboards
Gamdias Zeus M1 RGB Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews

Networking
TP-LINK Deco Mesh WiFi @ LanOC Reviews

Miscellany
Podcast #462 @ PC Perspective


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, August 14, 2017, Edition

Posted: August 14, 2017 @ time: 07:43AM
Author: bp9801

A new week is here, with several items to kick it off. There is a review of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64, 64 Liquid, and 56 video cards to see what these new models bring to the table and if one of them should be powering your games. We have a look at the Fractal Celsius S24 AIO water cooler, featuring some design choices that should make it quite appealing for those looking to dive into advanced cooling. The G.Skill Trident Z RGB DDR4-3000 32GB Memory Kit gets put to the test to see if the addition of an RGB light bar to the top gives this RAM the final upgrade it needs to reside in your case. The Toshiba EXCERIA PRO M501 MicroSDXC Card gets reviewed to check how fast it actually is and what that means for your devices. We wrap up with an article showing how you can still get an upgrade to Windows 10 for free.

Video Cards
AMD Radeon RX Vega @ PC Perspective
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 @ TechSpot

CPU Cooling
Fractal Celsius S24 @ LanOC Reviews

Memory
G.Skill Trident Z RGB DDR4-3000 32GB Memory Kit @ ThinkComputers

Storage/Hard Drives
Toshiba EXCERIA PRO M501 MicroSDXC Card @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
A Year Later, You Can Still Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free @ TechSpot


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Songbringer Launches on September 1

Posted: August 14, 2017 @ time: 09:12AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

If you are looking for a sci-fi action RPG, a new one is coming to PC and Xbox One on September 1, with the PlayStation 4 launch following on September 5. Songbringer is being developed by the one-man team of Wizard FU and published by Double Eleven, and in this title you will be playing as Roq, a planetary surveyor who has to save the universe after accidentally waking an ancient evil army. Exploring the world of Ekzerra and defeating its bosses is the only way to grow enough to bring peace to the galaxy again.

Songbringer is a single-player action RPG, but does support local coop two player mode. It features real time combat with seven weapon types, including the nanosword, blink orb, and kilobombs, along with hundreds of unique items and power ups. Some of these items can also be combined. The world is procedurally generated from a six-letter world seed with one overworld, 10 dungeons, and 13 primary bosses with hidden items, secret entrances, pathways, and bomb-able walls. With a roguelike permadeath option and online leaderboards, players will be able to compete with each other over their 6-12 hour adventures.

 

 

Source: Double Eleven


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The Division Receiving Update 1.7 Tomorrow

Posted: August 14, 2017 @ time: 09:29AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It may have been released over a year ago, but Ubisoft is still working on The Division as it will soon be getting Update1.7. With this update comes several new features, including Global Events, Commendations, survival improvements, new gear and customization options, and Encrypted Caches.

With Global Events the update is meant to challenge players in new ways, and for those who want the difficulty to be even higher, additional modifiers can be activated on some missions and incursions. The first global event, Outbreak, starts tomorrow and ends on August 22. Commendations build on what had been feats, giving players a series of tasks to complete and rewards for completion. The survival improvements are meant to allow players to reach higher scores and bring the reward economy in line with other activities, while the new gear includes 'classified' gear sets with tweaked stats. There will also be new face masks and arm patches for customizing your character, but if you want to go deeper you can visit a barbershop to change your character's looks.

This update is the first of two free updates for Year 2 of the game.

Source: Ubisoft


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Researchers Found Action Games Can Impact Brain Matter

Posted: August 14, 2017 @ time: 10:27AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For many years people have been studying what impacts video games can have on humans and producing various results. New researchers at McGill University have found that action games can actually lead to a loss of grey matter in the hippocampus, though what long-term consequences this may entail require further study. However, playing 3D-platform games, like Super Mario 64, can actually increase the amount of grey matter.

For this study the researchers had 64 participants ranging in age from 18 to 30 and had them play 90 hours of different kinds of games. These games included first person shooters like Call of Duty, Killzone, Medal of Honor, and Borderlands 2, along with the previously mentioned Super Mario 64, and the participants had not played these games previously. The researchers found that for some of those playing the FPS games, the hippocampus lost grey matter after 90 hours, while no one lost any while playing the 3D platformer, or even saw an increase. There is more to it than this though as the researchers found the loss of grey matter also depended on the kind of learner people are. Response learners, who will follow their brain's autopilot and reward system for navigation, experienced the loss while spatial learners who use the hippocampus to navigate saw an increase in grey matter. It is not just a matter of the kind of game you are playing but also how you learn. The increase seen from Super Mario 64 occurred for both types of gamers.

Exactly what about this genre causes this atrophy is still unknown and will require further study, as will determining the long-term consequences of this loss. People with lower amounts of grey matter in the hippocampus though are known to be at an increased risk of neuropsychiatric illnesses, such as depression, schizophrenia, PTSD, and Alzheimer's disease.

Source: McGill University


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Absolver Receives Character Creation and Customization Trailer

Posted: August 14, 2017 @ time: 01:23PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For those of you interested in Absolver, releasing August 29 on PC and PlayStation 4, a new trailer is out showing how you can customize your character. These choices can be important as clothes and equipment will impact how your character plays.

Absolver is an online multiplayer combat game that will feature fluid combat when it launches and allow the player to develop their own style and flow. Its pre-order bonuses have already been announced, for those that are interested in the title, and it is available at 10% off its base price until its release.

 

 

Source: Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, August 15, 2017, Edition

Posted: August 15, 2017 @ time: 07:44AM
Author: bp9801

Tuesday is upon us, with a few items for your viewing consideration. There's a review of the Samsung Portable SSD T5 USB 3.1, featuring 500GB and 2TB capacities to go with a new controller to enable speeds just as fast externally as you'd get internally. For those in need of a new keyboard or mouse, get both with the Cooler Master MasterSet MS120 Gaming Keyboard & Mouse combo, and save a bit of cash while you're at it. Wrapping things up is a look at the Gigabyte Aorus X5 v7, a gaming laptop featuring an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 and an overclockable Intel Kaby Lake CPU.

Storage/Hard Drives
Samsung Portable SSD T5 USB 3.1 @ PC Perspective

Mice/Keyboards
Cooler Master MasterSet MS120 Gaming Keyboard & Mouse Combo @ ThinkComputers

Laptops/Tablets
Gigabyte Aorus X5 v7 @ TechSpot


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Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation Updating to v2.4 Next Week with Vulkan

Posted: August 15, 2017 @ time: 01:20PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

On August 24 Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation will be receiving its v2.4 update, which will include many changes, including the long awaited support for Vulkan. This was already the first game to support DirectX 12 (when the base game, Ashes of the Singularity, launched) and now it will be the first title to support both DX12 and Vulkan simultaneously. Vulkan’s support for multiple operating systems means Windows 7 and Windows 8 users will be able to use it. The benchmarking tool is also seeing an update with v2.4.

Of course there are more changes than those, including UI changes resulting from a full menu rework, updates to scenarios and all three campaigns, rebalancing, and increased modding support. To thank the multiplayer community, a free Co-op Map Pack DLC is also going to be released on August 24.

Source: Stardock


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, August 16, 2017, Edition

Posted: August 16, 2017 @ time: 07:48AM
Author: bp9801

The middle of the week is here, with a few items along the way. We have three different Cooler Master mice up for review, as the MasterMouse MM520, MM530, and Pro L all get tested to see the differences, similarities, and which one you should pick up. For some audio needs, the Cooler Master MasterPulse MH320 Gaming Headset is tested to hear what it brings to your games, music, and movies. We wrap up with an article showing how to take pictures of PCBs to highlight how each one really looks up close.

Mice/Keyboards
Cooler Master MM520, MM530, and MasterMouse Pro L @ LanOC Reviews

Speakers/Headphones
Cooler Master MasterPulse MH320 Gaming Headset @ ThinkComputers

Miscellany
How To: Taking Pictures of PCBs @ TechSpot


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The Crew 2 Getting Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

Posted: August 17, 2017 @ time: 11:59AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Back in June, Ubisoft announced The Crew 2 was coming next year and that it would bring with it many new vehicles to control, such as bikes, boats, and planes. Today it has been revealed that several Harley-Davidson motorcycles will be among these additions. The first of these will be the Iron 883 but it will not be last as more will be integrated in over time. This deal between Ubisoft and Harley-Davidson is also exclusive, in that it will be a year after the release of the game before the motorcycles can appear in other racing videogames.

The Crew 2 is to be released early next year for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox One X, and PlayStation 4 Pro.

Source: Ubisoft


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Absolver Multiplayer Features Shown and Post-Release Content Announced

Posted: August 17, 2017 @ time: 12:13PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

With the launch date of Absolver approaching, we are getting some information on what will be coming post-release, and a look at its multiplayer features. Absolver is an online melee action game and with a new trailer we are seeing how some of the online features will work. All players will start exploring the plains of Adal alone, but will encounter both AI opponents and live players. When coming across a live player, they may engage in some friendly sparring, an actual PvP fight, or join together for some cooperative PvE fun, with up to three players. Players can learn moves from each other when playing cooperatively. Also more advanced players will be able to make their own combat schools for others to join, effectively making them a mentor.

Starting about one to two months after release, the first of the free content updates should start releasing. The first update has been announced already and is to answer the wishes of the current testing community. The early players were requesting 3 versus 3 combat modes, ranked matches, and a spectator mode. These three features will be among the first added to the game through the free updates, along with new combat styles and moves from players' combat decks.

Absolver releases on August 29 for PC and PlayStation 4.

 

 

Source: Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Friday, August 18, 2017, Edition

Posted: August 18, 2017 @ time: 07:43AM
Author: bp9801

Friday has arrived, bringing with it a few items to help you welcome in the weekend. We have a look at the MSI X299 SLI Plus motherboard, packed with a ton of features that are sure to appeal to the gaming crowd out there who want to step up to the latest Intel offerings. There's a review of the Scythe Mugen 5 CPU cooler, a large single-tower design with six copper heat pipes to whisk away the temperatures as you overclock. Wrapping things up is a review on the Origin Neuron Gaming Desktop, featuring an Intel Core i7 7700K CPU, a pair of GeForce GTX 1080 Ti video cards in SLI, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and plenty more to get your games looking their best.

Motherboards
MSI X299 SLI Plus @ LanOC Reviews

CPU Cooling
Scythe Mugen 5 @ ThinkComputers

Prebuilts
Origin Neuron Gaming Desktop @ TechSpot


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2K Celebrating BioShock 10th Anniversary With Collector's Edition and PAX West Party

Posted: August 21, 2017 @ time: 07:27AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Ten years ago, BioShock was released and gamers got to explore the underwater city of Rapture. To mark this occasion, 2K has announced the BioShock 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition that features a new iconic Big Daddy and Little Sister statue. For those of you attending PAX West, you can also check out the 10-year anniversary party the publisher is folding. A new BioShock YouTube channel has also been created to share the classic trailers and many fan-made videos and creations from over this decade.

For those of you interested in the BioShock 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition, pre-orders start today and it has a November 14 release date, but it is exclusive to GameStop and the 2K Store (US Only). It is also only for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. What it contains is a copy of BioShock: The Collection, which was released in September with the three games, and the 11.9 inch tall statue. For those who still need a copy of the games but are not interested in the statue, the price of BioShock: The Collection is being dropped as well.

If are not unfamiliar with the series, would you kindly check out the reviews we have up for all three: BioShock; BioShock 2; and BioShock Infinite.

Source: 2K


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, August 21, 2017, Edition

Posted: August 21, 2017 @ time: 07:42AM
Author: bp9801

Monday has arrived, bringing with it several items for you to check out. We have a look at the new Intel 8th Generation Core processors, which are coming out soon after the 7th Generation, and just what you can expect when they hit shelves. There's a review on the BIOSTAR RACING X370GTN AM4 motherboard, an ITX model packed to the brim with features to give you everything you could want in a small build. The Bloody B820R Gaming Keyboard is reviewed to show what the Light Strike Optical switches bring to the table over regular mechanical ones. Wrapping things up is a look at the best computer cases you can buy right now.

CPUs
Intel announces 8th Generation Core Processors @ PC Perspective

Motherboards
BIOSTAR RACING X370GTN AM4 @ Madshrimps

Cases
The Best Computer Cases @ TechSpot

Keyboards/Mice
Bloody B820R Gaming Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews


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RUINER Gets New Trailer and September 26 Release Date

Posted: August 21, 2017 @ time: 10:47AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

If you are looking for a new cyberpunk action shooter, we now have a release date for RUINER and it will be hitting PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on September 26. Along with this announcement came the new 'Ugly Heart' trailer, embedded below.

RUNIER is a brutal action shooter that takes you to the year 2091 in the city of Rengkok. Here you lash out against the corrupt system that has kidnapped your brother, with the help of a hacker friend and the many tools and weapons you can find.

Source: Press Release


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Battlefield 1 Revolution and Incursions Revealed by EA

Posted: August 21, 2017 @ time: 11:18AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

At Gamescom today, EA unveiled Battlefield 1 Revolution, the complete Battlefield 1 experience, and the Incursions Closed Alpha. With Revolution, players will get all Battlefield 1 content, including the They Shall Not Pass content that is available today and the content coming in the future.

Also announced today was Battlefield 1 Incursions, which is meant to offer tight teamplay and a competitive experience as players test their skills in 5 vs. 5 matches. Incursions will be available in a closed alpha starting in September, so if you want in you will need to register for a spot, and registration ends August 26.

Source: EA


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Anno 1800 Announced by Ubisoft

Posted: August 22, 2017 @ time: 11:37AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

The next entry in the Anno franchise has been announced, and while it takes us back in time, the year still adds up to nine: Anno 1800. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the world was entering the industrial age with industrialization, diplomacy, and discovery. This means players will get to create massive cities while exploring and settling new lands.

Currently the game is expected to release in Winter 2018, so more than a year away, but you can get involved sooner. The developers, Ubisoft Blue Byte have also announced the creation of Anno Union, a new community initiative that will give players the opportunity to influence development. Those in Anno Union will get to see exclusive content, the latest news, receive development insights, a look at behind the scenes content, and have an opportunity to play the game early. With feedback requests, votes on features, taking part in play tests, and the ability to create content for the game, players will get to help shape the future of the franchise.

 

 

Source: Press Release


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The Crew 2 Coming March 16, 2018

Posted: August 22, 2017 @ time: 11:57AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Just last week Ubisoft announced its deal with Harley-Davidson to bring iconic motorcycles to The Crew 2 and today the game's release date has been announced as March 16, 2018. The sequel to 2014's The Crew, the upcoming game is meant to build on its open-world, action racing predecessor with more vehicles to explore America with. Cars, bikes, boats, and planes will all be accessible and with the Fast Fav feature, shown off in the embedded trailer, players will be able to switch between their favorite ground, water, and air vehicles at the push of a button. The Crew 2 is also getting a LIVE Replay feature, a tool to automatically record your stunts and such to share video clips with friends or the world.

Along with the release date, we have also gotten information on the pre-order offers. Any pre-ordering The Crew 2 will get the Legendary Motors Pack, featuring the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Touring Car 2016 and Harly-Davidson Iron 883 2017. The Deluxe Edition includes that and the Motorsports Deluxe Pack with the Ford F-150 Raptor Race Truck 2017, Abarth 500 2008 Monster Truck Edition, Pilatus PC-21 aerobatics plane, and three racing outfits for your avatar. The Deluxe Edition will cost $69.99 while the Gold Edition, that includes the Season Pass as well, will be $99.99 in digital form and $109.99 for the physical Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions.

 

 

Source: Ubisoft


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, August 23, 2017, Edition

Posted: August 23, 2017 @ time: 07:47AM
Author: bp9801

Wednesday is here, with several items for you to check out. There's an upgrade guide looking at what build you could do, with the Ryzen 3 going against older chips like the Intel Core i5 2500K and AMD FX-8370 to see what kind of impact it would have. The Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 140 liquid CPU cooler gets reviewed to show how well it can keep your system cool during an overclock. A few mice from Cooler Master get tested, as the MM520, MM530, and MasterMouse Pro L all hit the bench for a comparison. There are several looks at the new Corsair VOID PRO RGB Wireless Gaming Headset to hear what it brings to your favorite games, music, and movies. Ending things is another headset, as the MSI Immerse GH70 Gaming Headset is reviewed to find out what it's capable of.

CPUs
Upgraders Guide: Ryzen 3 vs. Core i5-2500K vs. FX-8370 @ TechSpot

CPU Cooling
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 140 Liquid CPU Cooler @ ThinkComputers

Mice/Keyboards
Cooler Master MM520, MM530, and MasterMouse Pro L @ LanOC Reviews

Speakers/Headphones
Corsair VOID PRO RGB Wireless Gaming Headset @ ThinkComputers
Corsair VOID PRO RGB Wireless SE Gaming Headset @ PC Perspective
Corsair Void Pro RGB Gaming Headset @ Benchmark Reviews
CORSAIR VOID PRO RGB Wireless Gaming Headset @ Madshrimps
MSI Immerse GH70 Gaming Headset @ Neoseeker


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, August 24, 2017, Edition

Posted: August 24, 2017 @ time: 07:42AM
Author: bp9801

The week is starting to wind down, with a few items for you to check out. There is a review of the In Win 301 case, a small tower case that tops out at a Micro ATX motherboard for what it can hold, but just might be what you're after for your new build. The Acer Predator Z271T monitor comes with Tobii eye tracking built in, offering a unique take on the typical monitor by being a solid means of control without you having to do much beyond moving your eyes. Wrapping things up is a build log on a new project called Iris, which will have a ton of different colors going with it.

Cases
In Win 301 @ ThinkComputers

Monitors
Acer Predator Z271T With Tobii Eye Tracking @ PC Perspective

Miscellany
Project Build: Iris – Part 1 @ LanOC Reviews


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Hardware Roundup: Friday, August 25, 2017, Edition

Posted: August 25, 2017 @ time: 07:42AM
Author: bp9801

Friday is here, the final one of August, and with it comes a few items for you to check out. We have a look at the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid, Vega 64, and Vega 56 with 32 games tested on them to see how each of them handle the variety. For some power, the Seasonic PRIME 1000W Platinum power supply is reviewed to show off what kind of system it could run and whether it should be in charge of yours. We wrap up with a podcast covering the latest news and reviews of the past week.

Video Cards
Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid, Vega 64 & Vega 56 Test: 32 Games Benchmarked @ TechSpot

Power Supplies
Seasonic PRIME 1000W Platinum @ PC Perspective

Miscellany
Podcast #464 @ PC Perspective


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, August 28, 2017, Edition

Posted: August 28, 2017 @ time: 07:42AM
Author: 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 keep your CPU cool, perhaps the Koolance CPU-390CI water block, with its redesigned top cap and base plate, is perfect for your loop. For those wanting better control of their games, the SteelSeries Sensei 310 Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse offers plenty of precision and a comfortable fit regardless of your dominant hand. We wrap up with a look at the best Android smartphone battery life to see just how to get the most accurate picture.

Cases
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX @ LanOC Reviews

Video Cards
AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G @ ThinkComputers

CPU Cooling
Koolance CPU-390CI Water Block @ PC Perspective

Mice/Keyboards
SteelSeries Sensei 310 Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse @ Madshrimps

Mobile
Best Android Smartphone Battery Life @ TechSpot


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Microsoft Announces Windows Mixed Reality Headsets Will Run Steam Content

Posted: August 28, 2017 @ time: 12:26PM
Author: 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 Steam.

Headsets and motion controllers from HP, Lenovo, Dell, and Acer should be available at holiday time starting as low as $399, bringing them in under both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Unlike these two already-available headsets, these new Windows Mixed Reality headsets use built-in sensors for tracking position, instead of external sensors, allowing for a plug-and-play experience.

 

 

Source: Microsoft


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, August 29, 2017, Edition

Posted: August 29, 2017 @ time: 07:35AM
Author: 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 computer hardware while also looking pretty good on its own right.

Power Supplies
be quiet! SFX-L 600W @ PC Perspective

Miscellany
Arozzi Arena Gaming Desk @ Neoseeker


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PCI-SIG Expects to Ratify PCIe 4.0 This Year, PCIe 5.0 in 2019

Posted: August 29, 2017 @ time: 01:11PM
Author: 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 defines the standard, had previously tried to keep. To remedy the delay, PCI-SIG has apparently decided to accelerate the development and deployment of both PCIe 4.0 and PCIe 5.0, according to Tom's Hardware.

The plan is apparently to have the PCIe 4.0 standard defined by the end of the year. It is currently at revision 0.9, which some vendors are using to start developing products ready for the 1.0 release. Already vendors are offering 16 GT/s (gigatransfers per second) controllers, which is double what PCIe 3.0 offers, and putting PCIe 4.0 PHYs into their products.

It would appear PCIe 4.0 will be somewhat short lived though, as the target is for PCIe 5.0 to be ratified in 2019, and it will double what PCIe 4.0 offers. According to Tom's Hardware though, AMD is targeting PCIe 4.0 support for 2020, but with the plan now being for PCIe 5.0 to be ratified before then, perhaps this plan will change. Intel is being more tightlipped about its timeline, but it is hard to imagine it is not also deeply interested in moving to the next standard.

Source: Tom's Hardware


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, August 30, 2017, Edition

Posted: August 30, 2017 @ time: 07:39AM
Author: 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 you, with its Cherry MX switches and red LED lighting. Wrapping things up is a review of the HTC U11 smartphone, the company's latest flagship that just might return it to full glory.

Mice/Keyboards
Cooler Master MasterSet MS120 @ LanOC Reviews
Kingston HyperX Alloy Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ Neoseeker

Mobile
HTC U11 @ TechSpot


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