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A Quick Look At AMD’s ‘Crimson’ Radeon Settings Driver

Posted on November 24, 2015 8:40 AM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon Settings - Collapsed

When AMD invited us to join a conference call late last month, we were told that it’d revolve around Radeon drivers. Like Omega last year, I just assumed that it’d be a modest evolution, a mass of bug fixes behind the hood, and not much up front. Well, I was wrong, and…..

The BitFenix Pandora Chassis: Now ATX-Compatible!

Posted on November 20, 2015 9:00 AM by J.D. Kane
BitFenix Pandora ATX - Front, Angled

Back in the summer, we brought you news about a whole bunch of BitFenix goodies announced at Computex. One of the highlights from this news item was a blurb about the Pandora ATX chassis. The news item mentioned that the Pandora ATX would be available in Q3/Q4 2015. Well, guess what? That…..

Qube Aims To Be World’s Least Expensive Smart Bulb, Now Being Sold For $16 A Pop

Posted on November 19, 2015 3:01 PM by Rob Williams
Qube Smart Bulb Ambience

Most “smart home” devices won’t appeal to everyone, but I’d think that one solution most people would be able to get behind is smart light bulbs. That doesn’t mean that it’s an idea that’s going to catch on quick, though. Many are not likely going to see the point of being able…..

AMD Targets NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 960 With New Radeon R9 380X Graphics Card

Posted on November 19, 2015 9:33 AM by Rob Williams
ASUS Radeon R9 380X STRIX - Thumbnail

It’s been a solid five months since AMD last released a non-Fury Radeon GPU, and for a number of reasons, its new R9 380X comes at just the right time. A big reason for that is that we’re in the midst of an extremely busy game release season, and at ~$229, this…..

Intel Rumored To Make Next Top-end Enthusiast CPU A 10-core Wonder

Posted on November 16, 2015 3:26 PM by Rob Williams
Intel Skylake i7-6700K Retail Package

When Intel released its Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition processor last fall, it felt like a long overdue release. That’s thanks in part to the fact that the i7-4960X to come before it didn’t feel like much of an upgrade over the i7-3960X, and it had been a solid four years since the…..

Modular On The Cheap: Mad Catz’s R.A.T.1 Mouse Priced At $30, Welcomes You To 3D Print Your Own Palm Rest

Posted on November 12, 2015 2:25 PM by Rob Williams
Mad Catz RAT 1 Modular Mouse - Exploded View

Think it’s impossible for a $30 gaming mouse to be impressive? Mad Catz’s brand-new R.A.T.1 proves the opposite, and in fact, it offers some features not even seen on higher-end mice, including the company’s other R.A.T. mice. Like the rest of the R.A.T. lineup, the R.A.T.1 is modular. It consists of three main parts:…..

MSI’s Gaming 27T Promises To Be World’s Most Powerful AIO Gaming Desktop

Posted on November 12, 2015 1:25 PM by Rob Williams
MSI Gaming 27T Gaming AIO PC

We wrote just earlier about ASUS’ Zen AiO Pro all-in-one PC, one that sports some great aesthetics and a lot of performance. While it offers a choice of higher-end CPUs, as well as lots of memory, it doesn’t target the serious gamer. MSI’s Gaming 27T, as its name might imply, does. MSI…..

MAINGEAR’s RUSH Gaming Desktop Bares All With Beautiful Full-side Tempered Glass

Posted on November 12, 2015 12:49 PM by Rob Williams

As a PC hardware enthusiast, I’m content with building my own PCs. I mean, I’m capable – so why not? I’d be able to build it just as I like it, without restrictions. It’s awesome. Well, thoughts like those last about as long as it takes me to catch a glimpse at…..

ASUS Blends Style And Performance With Its New Zen AiO Pro All-in-one PC

Posted on November 12, 2015 11:31 AM by Rob Williams
ASUS Zen AiO Pro

This past summer, ASUS released one of the most beautiful all-in-one PCs I’ve ever seen. It was almost apt that it was called the Zen AiO. When many think of AIOs, though, one of the first things that can come to mind is lacking performance. After all, there’s only going to be so…..

Basemark To Release Vulkan-specific GPU Benchmark For Mobile & PC In Q2 2016

Posted on November 11, 2015 12:22 PM by Rob Williams
Basemark Vulkan Test

Basemark, makers of popular mobile benchmarking software, has just announced that it will be releasing a new benchmark in the spring that will put Khronos’ new Vulkan graphics API to a good test. This is great to hear for a number of different reasons; the big one being that as a new…..

NVIDIA’s GameWorks VR Makes It To Unreal Engine 4, EVEREST VR Demo Gives Us A Preview Of What’s To Come

Posted on November 10, 2015 3:00 PM by Rob Williams

NVIDIA is sure on a rampage with flinging announcements out this month, and there’s no sign of it slowing down. Yesterday, the company announced that its GameWorks VR technology has made it into Unreal Engine 4, and while that might sound simple, there’s more to this than immediately meets the eye (see…..

The Wait Is Finally Over: Steam Machines, Link & Controller Are Now Available

Posted on November 10, 2015 2:38 PM by Rob Williams
Steam Logo

We’re here! Steam Machines, Steam Controller, Steam Link, and of course, SteamOS, are all officially official. We’ve come a long way since the release of the first SteamOS beta a couple of years ago. Today, there are many PC vendors that have produced specialized machines for SteamOS use, and Valve itself has…..

NVIDIA Accelerates Hyperscale Machine Learning With New Tesla M4 & M40 GPUs

Posted on November 10, 2015 12:45 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA Tesla M40 Hyperscale Accelerator Card

Over the span of just a few years, machine- and deep-learning went from being mere murmurs to major focal-points at some of the world’s biggest companies. A couple of those focusing hard on the software side of things include Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, while on the hardware side, NVIDIA has been instrumental…..

Just In Time For Fallout 4, NVIDIA Drops GeForce 358.91 Game Ready Driver

Posted on November 9, 2015 2:20 PM by Rob Williams
Fallout 4 - Logo

Keeping to its promise of delivering a Game Ready GeForce driver in time for all of the big releases this holiday season, NVIDIA has just dropped a WHQL for Fallout 4. The latest driver is versioned 358.91, and as it’s a WHQL (not a beta), it can be considered safe to upgrade to. If…..

Apple To Begin Selling iPad Pro Online This Wednesday, In Stores Later This Week

Posted on November 9, 2015 1:06 PM by Rob Williams
Apple iPad Pro

Apple has just announced that it will begin selling its “epic” iPad Pro on its website beginning Wednesday, and in store later this week. The same applies to both the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard accessories. Announced in September, the iPad Pro sets out to be a professional’s dream device. It could…..

No Longer An Urban Legend: The Nintendo PlayStation Console Is Real

Posted on November 9, 2015 11:55 AM by Rob Williams
Nintendo PlayStation

It’s no secret that at one point in time, Nintendo and Sony were collaborating on a console. Ultimately, Sony’s demands didn’t suit the big N, so both companies parted ways. Nintendo then worked with Philips to produce a CD-ROM based console, but that also fell through. What we ended up getting was…..

Get The Fallout 4 Pip-Boy On Your Mobile Or Tablet

Posted on November 6, 2015 1:00 PM by Jamie Fletcher

With only a few days left until the big reveal, Bethesda is turning up the hype for Fallout 4 with a new feature that is sure to grab the attention of many post-apocalyptic survivors- accessing your Pip-Boy in-game with your mobile phone or tablet. The iconic wrist-mounted peripheral of the retro dystopian…..

NVIDIA Continues Its GameWorks Infusion With Triad Wars, RollerCoaster Tycoon World & War Thunder

Posted on November 5, 2015 3:32 PM by Rob Williams
Triad Wars

NVIDIA sure is on a GameWorks rampage! Just earlier, we talked about how GameWorks would be used in Bethesda’s mega-hyped Fallout 4, and now, we can reveal some details about GW action that’s going to be hitting Triad Wars, RollerCoaster Tycoon World, and War Thunder. Of these games, I can’t wait for Triad…..

Bethesda Shows Off NVIDIA GameWorks Enhancements In Fallout 4

Posted on November 5, 2015 11:20 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Fallout4 Texture And Lighting GameWorks Featured Image

To further whet the appetites of an almost ravenous horde of Fallout ‘victims’, Bethesda shows off some of its artistic team’s latest screenshots of Fallout 4, utilizing NVIDIA’s graphics technology suite – GameWorks. With a rather appealing selection of screenshots to drool over, Bethesda made mention of a number of technologies it…..

Register To Receive NVIDIA Game Ready Drivers & Get A Chance At A Prize From A $100,000 Pool

Posted on November 4, 2015 4:11 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA GeForce Logo

When NVIDIA rolled-out a new update to GeForce Experience a couple of weeks ago, great fuss was made over the fact that in order to get future Game Ready driver updates, an email address would be required. Ultimately, no account needs to be signed-up for; opting in with an email just lets…..

NVIDIA Hits Digital Signage Market With New NVS 810, Capable Of Powering 8x 4K Displays Per Card

Posted on November 4, 2015 9:10 AM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA NVS 810 Digital Signage Graphics Card

NVIDIA’s NVS “business graphics” lineup isn’t the most exciting in its overall portfolio, as the cards in the series are simply meant to be very stable and power a couple of displays. Given that, by default you may think that the new NVS 810 itself wouldn’t be that exciting, or interesting. You’d…..

A Sweet Deal? Activision Acquires Candy Crush Creator King For $5.9 Billion

Posted on November 3, 2015 2:44 PM by Rob Williams
Candy Crush

If you’ve ever fed money to the time sink that is Candy Crush, prepare to kick yourself: had you hauled just $5.9 billion more out of your wallet, you could have purchased the entire franchise and its parent company. Oh well – sometimes hindsight is 20/20. The notable purchase of King was…..

iFixit Tears Down Microsoft’s Surface Book, Finds A Complicated Interior

Posted on November 3, 2015 2:01 PM by Rob Williams
iFixit Microsoft Surface Book Teardown

At a much-anticipated event held early last month, Microsoft had quite a bit up its sleeve to show us. That included a surprise in the form of the Surface Book, a sleek convertible notebook that’s designed to offer a great computing experience in a seriously slim form-factor. It looks great, has a…..

Thanks To Data Hogs, Microsoft Dramatically Reduces OneDrive Storage Limits

Posted on November 3, 2015 1:20 PM by Rob Williams
OneDrive Logo

In the world of technology, rarely does “unlimited” truly mean unlimited. We’ve seen it with mobile data, and heck, even home Internet data. We’re now also seeing it with cloud storage, courtesy of Microsoft. About a year ago, Microsoft unveiled a truly impressive cloud storage package: for $10/mo, users would be granted…..

T-Mobile Releases Free 4G LTE Mini-towers That Customers Can Add To Their Home Or Business

Posted on November 2, 2015 1:16 PM by Rob Williams
T-Mobile 4G LTE CellSpot

T-Mobile sure is on a roll right now, both with regards to beefing up its services and giving the competition a good jab. Last week, CEO John Legere poked fun at Verizon with the help of some skywriting above its headquarters, which was followed-up to days later with a series called The…..

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