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Lian Li Announces PC-7N: Affordable Quality Mid-Tower Chassis

Posted on February 17, 2016 3:30 PM by Greg King
Lian-Li PC-7N Interior

Over the past few years, it seems like the industry is trending more and more to smaller cases. With mITX and mATX motherboard becoming more and more popular, PC builders haven’t needed the additional real estate offered by a full size chassis. However, sometimes your build calls for nice mid tower. For…..

Vertagear Advances In Design, Space And Comfort With New P-Line Gaming Chair

Posted on February 17, 2016 9:00 AM by Brandon Mietzner
Vertagear PL6000 Gaming Chair Series

There are many gaming chairs out there, but there are few that can handle the bulky, ever-aging (and expanding) gamers out there. Sometimes those requirements are met on scale but not on weight or both at the same time. Now, I’ve never been a small guy. I’m 6 foot tall with a large…..

AMD & NVIDIA Release First Vulkan GPU Drivers, Others Vouch Support For The Technology

Posted on February 16, 2016 2:00 PM by Jamie Fletcher
glnext Vulkan Logo

AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group will soon release a beta version of its GPU drivers that will have the Khronos Group’s Vulkan API enabled. This will help spearhead the deployment and begin broad testing of the much lauded new graphics API. With the release of the 1.0 Vulkan Specification, now is a good…..

Tesla’s Latest Electric Vehicle Is The $35,000 Model 3; Pre-orders Begin March 31

Posted on February 11, 2016 1:21 PM by Greg King
Tesla Model 3

Here’s something.  Those of you pining for a Tesla of your own: your wait might just have gotten a lot shorter.  With the Model S and announced but not-yet-released Model X being out of the price range of many, Elon Musk and team have been working towards a more affordable solution for…..

Amazon Releases Game Engine ‘Lumberyard’, Allows Content Creation For PC, Console, Mobile & VR

Posted on February 11, 2016 9:00 AM by Greg King
Alien Abode - Amazon Lumberyard

There’s a new game engine in town and its developer might surprise you.  Amazon Web Services, the monolithic cloud-computing platform, has announced its own game engine, called Lumberyard, and is offering it for free to PC and console developers, and soon, mobile and VR developers.  Based on Crytek’s popular CryEngine, Lumberyard is free to download in beta (with…..

EVGA Beats The VR Rush With GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR Edition

Posted on February 10, 2016 3:46 PM by Rob Williams
EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR Edition

If you’re planning to snatch up a VR headset as soon as they become publicly available, but have yet to build a PC around it, you might want to consider adding EVGA’s new GeForce GTX 980 Ti “VR Edition” to your checklist, as it sports a couple of features that could make…..

Logitech Launches G810 Orion Spectrum Gaming Keyboard, Featuring Company’s Own Romer-G Switches

Posted on February 8, 2016 4:00 PM by Greg King
Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

As the mechanical keyboard revolution rages, Logitech has added a new RGB gaming keyboard to its stable of gaming products.  With the G810 Orion Spectrum, Logitech looks to separate itself from the crowd by using its own exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches.  These switches promise 25 percent faster actuation than a standard gaming keyboard.…..

MSI’s GT72S G Tobii Eye-tracking Gaming Notebook Now Available For Purchase

Posted on February 8, 2016 3:00 PM by Greg King
MSI GT72S G Tobii Gaming Notebook

The day is here!  The technology behind the products we have twice consecutively given a “Best of CES” award to, Tobii, is now available baked into the new MSI GT72S G Tobii gaming notebook.  The ease of learning to use the Tobii eye tracking software is exponentially better than remembering the name…..

Kingston Acquires Imation’s IronKey, Bolstering Its Enterprise Flash Storage Business

Posted on February 8, 2016 12:00 PM by Greg King
Kingston 64GB DataTraveler 4000 G2

In this industry, we see quite a few press releases on any given day.  One that caught our eye this morning was the announcement that Kingston has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation.  No strangers to encrypted USB flash drives, Kingston has had its own offerings for over 10 years…..

Lian Li’s PC-M25: An mATX Chassis With Lots Of Room For Storage

Posted on February 4, 2016 9:00 AM by Greg King
Lian Li PC-M25 mATX Chassis - Overview

There are few manufacturers in the PC industry more respected than Lian Li.  What it lacks in quantity is more than made up for in quality.  Known for its unique designs and use of aluminum in manufacturing, Lian Li has been covered by us a handful of times. Announced this week, the…..

Toshiba Announces OCZ Trion 150 SSD, A Performance-boosting Refresh

Posted on February 3, 2016 8:00 AM by Greg King
OCZ Trion 150 SSD

Bringing affordability to entry-level users, Toshiba announces the refreshed OCZ Trion SSD.  Providing 550MB/s read speeds, 530MB/s sequential writes, and random write I/O speeds of up to 91,000 IOPS, the Trion 150 series helps bring improved boot times and system responsiveness to the masses.  Built with Toshiba’s 15nm Triple-Level Cell (TLC) NAND…..

Respected USB-C Reviewer Forced To Take Break After Bad Cable Kills Their Chromebook Pixel Notebook

Posted on February 2, 2016 3:56 PM by Rob Williams
Chromebook Pixel - Stacked

Over the course of the last handful of months, Google software engineer Benson Leung has made it his mission to oust bad USB-C cables. To most of us, a cable might “just be a cable”, but when off-brand cables are being used, a genuine risk can be posed. From the beginning, Leung…..

Porsche’s Type 718: Boxster/Cayman Gets Upgrades

Posted on January 29, 2016 5:43 PM by J.D. Kane
2016 Porsche 718 Boxster S - Front Angle

While it’s a bit daft to call a car that costs almost $60 thousand an entry-level model, the Porsche Boxster is the most “affordable” car available from Stuttgart. As such, while you do get a car that wears the famous Porsche badge, it’s a far cry from its higher-performing kin, the venerable…..

Riinging True: Thermaltake’s Latest Core X5 Chassis Features Company’s LED Riing Fans

Posted on January 29, 2016 5:20 PM by Greg King
Thermaltake Core X5 Riing Edition - Complete Build

System builders have long known the Thermaltake name. As different companies have entered and/or departed the industry, Thermaltake has remained a constant. With its longevity, we’ve come to expect some products that highlight the company’s ability to think outside of the box. Announced this week, the Core X5 and Core X5 Riing Edition (not…..

Synology Announces DiskStation DS216+ – x86 NAS On A Budget

Posted on January 28, 2016 8:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Synology DS216+ Right-Quarter View

It almost feels like “another day, another NAS” at this point, but Synology will be releasing a new 2-bay NAS in the coming week, in its highly desirable plus range – the DS216+. Network storage as a concept has grown in spec over the last few years – from dumb storage pools,…..

NVIDIA Could Release HBM2-equipped TITAN X Successor In April

Posted on January 27, 2016 9:00 AM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X Stock Photo

2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year for graphics cards. Both AMD and NVIDIA are expected to launch cards that sport dramatically improved or overhauled architectures, with both set to utilize HBM2 memory for their higher-end parts. By this summer, even the mainstream segment could be treated to something special:…..

NVIDIA Grants GeForce Experience Users Beta Access To Tom Clancy’s The Division, Touts HBAO+ & PCSS Support

Posted on January 22, 2016 4:09 PM by Rob Williams
Tom Clancy's The Division

With the highly-anticipated beta of Tom Clancy’s The Division launching next weekend, NVIDIA has decided to give us some details on things we should be aware of. First and foremost, it’s recommended that a GeForce GTX 970 is owned to run the game at 1080p with good detail, while a 980 Ti…..

QNAP Adds Netflix Support To Its TAS-168 And TAS-268 NASes

Posted on January 22, 2016 10:00 AM by Greg King

Never shy to try new ideas, QNAP has announced that the QTS and Android dual-system TAS-168/268 NASes now support Netflix.  The TAS-168/268 NAS is the first Android-based NAS that supports Netflix, and users can now download and install the app from Google Play.  As with many of QNAPs offerings, you can simply…..

Thecus Launches New Media-centric NAS: The Dual-bay N2810

Posted on January 20, 2016 3:13 PM by Greg King
Thecus N2810 Dual-bay SOHO NAS

With the launch of its newest 2-bay NAS, the N2810, Thecus has added another device to its multimedia-centric portfolio. With a focus on its new NAS operating system, 7.0, the N2810 will be Thecus’ first product shipping with the updated code. Speaking to this, Thecus CEO Florence Shih recently said that, “With the…..

Half-Life 2.5 Confirmed!

Posted on January 18, 2016 8:10 AM by Tom Roeder
Half Life 2 Logo

So it may not be Half-Life 3, but at least we have something that’s in the ballpark.  Valve has officially approved and is offering a fan-made expansion for its incredibly popular Half-Life 2, the game with what could have the most significant cult following of any PC game, ever. The game begins in the…..

The Carloudy – A Futuristic Heads-Up Display For Your Car

Posted on January 15, 2016 8:10 AM by Tom Roeder

I really try not to get over-excited about projects on Kickstarter. Personally, I think that many projects are on Kickstarter because they are either not viable for the market, or the proprietors are not able/willing or viable themselves to work with investors. Having said that, I will not ignore the successes that…..

Latest GeForce Experience Beta Adds Windowed And Desktop Mode Recording, Advanced Microphone Control

Posted on January 14, 2016 2:28 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA GeForce Experience - January 2015

A new beta for NVIDIA’s game-optimization tool GeForce Experience has just been released, and if you’ve been eagerly awaiting features like windowed-mode recording or advanced microphone control, this isn’t an update to skip over. If you’ve yet to receive a GFE beta update, you can click on Preferences at the top of…..

AMD Slashes Price Of R9 Nano To $499

Posted on January 11, 2016 7:50 PM by Jamie Fletcher
AMD Radeon R9 Nano

With an unexpected press release, AMD has slashed the price of one of its flagship Fiji based GPUs, the Radeon R9 Nano, from its launch price of $649, to a much more attractive $499. This out of the blue price cut comes just days after the end of CES, where AMD also…..

Logitech CES 2016: G502 Proteus Core Gaming Mouse Gets A Refresh

Posted on January 11, 2016 10:45 AM by Tom Roeder
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum

Improving on an incredible product can be quite the challenge, no matter who you are, or how strong of an Engineering/Design team you have. Logitech is no different, and it is always on the cutting edge of innovation, design, style, and function with its peripherals and other products as well. At CES…..

OCZ CES 2016: NVMe RevoDrive 400, Trion And Vector SSD Refresh

Posted on January 11, 2016 10:10 AM by Robert Tanner
OCZ Company Logo

2016 is already shaping up to be the year of NVM Express enabled PCIe 3.0 solid-state drives. SATA Express was over before it began thanks to PCI Express x4 drives being able to offer twice the bandwidth, and SSDs such as the RevoDrive 400 are able to put all that bandwidth to…..

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