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MSI Begins Shipping Vortex: A Mini PC With Monstrous Power (Really)

Posted on March 23, 2016 9:00 AM by Greg King
MSI Vortex Gaming PC

In January, Rob and I both met with MSI at CES 2016, and to say that we left that meeting impressed doesn’t do our impressions justice.  Helping in my opinion was the HTC Vive the company had setup, driven by one of its own NVIDIA GTX 970M equipped notebooks.  Also being shown off were the…..

Andy Grove – Former CEO And Key Employee of Intel, Dies At 79

Posted on March 22, 2016 6:00 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Andrew Grove - Intel

It is with great sadness that we lose another key member and founder of the modern tech industry, Andy Grove, who died Monday. While Intel was founded by Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce from Fairchild Semi, Andy Grove was Intel’s first employee, later becoming a key individual in some of Intel’s future…..

Intel Unveils Skull Canyon NUC – Can Pair With External Graphics

Posted on March 18, 2016 9:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Intel Skull Canyon nuc6i7kyk Top

Intel’s Next Unit of Computing – or NUCs, are delectable tiny PCs with an impressive amount of hardware for the size. Back at CES 2016, Intel was showing off its latest generation of NUCs that utilize the new Skylake CPUs. However, tucked away in the corner was something that didn’t look like…..

Logitech Fleshes Out Its Gaming Keyboard Lineup With G610 Orion

Posted on March 17, 2016 3:16 PM by Rob Williams
Logitech G610 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Buying a gaming keyboard today is far from easy, unless you’re the type of person who simply chooses the first one that looks good. There seems to be a countless number of manufacturers churning these things out, and even one company can offer an overwhelming selection. In Logitech’s case, the company covers…..

Philips Releases ‘World’s First’ Quantum Dot Monitor, Delivers 99% Adobe RGB Coverage

Posted on March 15, 2016 4:03 PM by Rob Williams
Philips 276E6ADSS Quantum Dot Monitor

It’s not too often that we see “world’s first” listed in an email subject, and when we do, it’s often a lie. In this particular case, though, it appears that Philips is in fact the first out the door with a monitor that utilizes “Quantum Dots”, promising color accuracy improvements of 50%.…..

AMD Announces $1,500 Radeon Pro Duo Graphics Card At GDC

Posted on March 15, 2016 12:03 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon Fury Pro Dual Graphics Card

At the ongoing GDC in San Francisco, AMD has been pushing hard to make sure we’re all well aware of its accomplishments, and of what’s en route. It’s talked a lot about “Capsaicin”, an umbrella term for all of individual components that are part of AMD’s GPU ecosystem. That of course includes…..

Latest Rise Of The Tomb Raider Patch Adds Support For NVIDIA’s VXAO Ambient Occlusion

Posted on March 11, 2016 4:22 PM by Rob Williams
Rise of the Tomb Raider - Ambient Occlusion Comparisons

The super-popular Rise of the Tomb Raider has today received a new patch on the PC, and it brings with it some great stuff. At the forefront, this patch introduces DirectX 12 support, although it’s being noted that most gamers are not going to notice much of a difference. Who stands to…..

AMD Reveals XConnect External GPU Solution & Releases Crimson 16.3 Driver With Vulkan Support

Posted on March 10, 2016 4:48 PM by Rob Williams
Razer Blade Stealth Gaming Notebook With AMD XConnect GPU Dock

At Intel’s Developer Forum last fall, I stumbled on a product I’ve seen a dozen times before: a GPU dock. It’s seemed like a year could never go by without seeing one of these things at an event, but this one admittedly grabbed me. I was told that “this” is the GPU dock that…..

Intel Snaps Up Replay Technologies, Looks To A Future Of More Immersive Sports

Posted on March 9, 2016 2:23 PM by Rob Williams
A freeD™ control room at a recent sporting event. This data-intensive, immersive sports experience requires the high-performance computing for which Intel is known. (Source: Replay Technologies)

Intel wants to be where the action is, and with wearables growing in popularity for athletes, it’s proven to be a great time for the company to expand its presence in the sports realm. Today, we learn of a way that the company is furthering itself there, with an acquisition of Replay…..

Valve To Bring Dynamic Bundle System To Steam

Posted on March 8, 2016 5:00 PM by Brandon Mietzner
Steam - PAYDAY DLC Bundle

There are situations where it makes sense to do something one way and not another. Take Valve’s past policy on game bundles, as an example. Bundles are always offered at a discounted price, but if you own any game in that list, you do not get an extra copy, nor will it…..

NVIDIA’s Latest Game Ready Driver Tackles The Division, Need For Speed & Hitman

Posted on March 7, 2016 3:37 PM by Rob Williams
Tom Clancy's The Division Box Art

Just in time for tonight’s late-night release of Tom Clancy’s The Division, NVIDIA has released a brand-new Game Ready driver (364.47) to help deliver the best possible experience for GeForce gamers. This driver is also being considered a Game Ready driver for Hitman, due out this Friday, Need for Speed, dropping next Tuesday, as…..

Contest: NVIDIA And Techgage Team Up To Give You A Chance To Win Tom Clancy’s The Division

Posted on March 4, 2016 2:10 PM by Rob Williams
Tom Clancy's The Division

Contest is now closed! We’ll be drawing the winners soon. Winners are as follows! Tobias K. Andreas Lims yoda316 Ryan Koeller papajohnny John Labrier Ming Kwang David Shoobridge Winners: Please check the email address that your Disqus account is assigned to. It’s been a while since we last held a gaming contest,…..

Sony Finally Brings Friend Logon Notifications To The PS4, Somehow Manages To One-up Everyone Else

Posted on March 3, 2016 5:44 PM by Rob Williams
PlayStation 4 Friend Logon Notifications

It’s hard to believe that a gaming platform could exist today without the functionality to notify you when a friend comes online, but up until its 3.50 beta system update, Sony’s PlayStation 4 has been on what’s sure to be a small list. Sony gave fans a chance to sign up for…..

$25/mo Cable TV Subscriptions Now Available To Canadians, But Some Companies Want To Pretend They Don’t Exist

Posted on March 2, 2016 2:45 PM by Rob Williams
Bell TV - Channels In Ontario's $25 Package

Last March, Canada’s CRTC laid out its plans to force the hands of TV subscription providers to offer a basic $25/mo package to consumers. The idea, in theory, is that these packages will include all of the necessities, and can then be expanded through affordable à la carte options. From a consumer standpoint,…..

Microsoft Plans To Release All Of Its Forthcoming Xbox One Games On The PC

Posted on March 1, 2016 1:39 PM by Rob Williams
Microsoft Xbox One Controller for Windows PCs

When Microsoft released Windows 10 last summer, it delivered one of the most substantial OS updates we’ve ever seen in the history of Windows. While there is much to dislike about some directions Microsoft took (especially with regards to privacy), it’s hard to argue that overall, the OS is quite solid. It’s…..

Raspberry Pi 3 Announced – Brings Faster CPU And Wireless Connectivity

Posted on February 29, 2016 7:45 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Raspberry Pi 3 Press Shot Top View

Today is not just a birthday for the Raspberry Pi Foundation; it also marks the release of a new Raspberry Pi: version 3. With it comes not only a faster CPU, but also integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. On a special day four years ago, the very first Raspberry Pi was brought to market, with a…..

Microsoft’s HoloLens Development Edition Now Available For Preorder

Posted on February 29, 2016 5:10 PM by Rob Williams
Microsoft HoloLens - Side View

It’s proven to be quite a day for alternate reality technologies. Earlier, we talked about HTC’s Vive becoming available for preorder, and with that taking care of VR, Microsoft takes care of AR (augmented reality) by opening up preorders for its HoloLens developer edition. Last fall, we learned that this particular HoloLens…..

HTC Opens Preorders For Its Vive VR Kit; First Units Ship In Early April

Posted on February 29, 2016 1:26 PM by Rob Williams
HTC Vive VR Kit

It’s happening! HTC has just opened up preorders for its highly anticipated Vive VR kit. As revealed last week, Vive will cost $799 USD (+$30 shipping), which is $200 more than Oculus’ Rift. That’s a sizable difference; however, the general consensus from those who’ve used both is that Vive deserves its price…..

NVIDIA Releases The First Official Version Of Its Iray Server Distributed Rendering Software

Posted on February 24, 2016 2:58 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA Iray Square Logo

Following a lengthy beta period, NVIDIA has just released the first official version of its Iray Server software. As the name implies, Iray Server is the server portion of NVIDIA’s overall Iray solution; the other piece of the puzzle is an Iray rendering plugin that can be installed for Autodesk’s 3ds Max…..

Can Your PC Run VR? Steam’s Benchmarking Tool Can Tell You

Posted on February 23, 2016 3:13 PM by Rob Williams
SteamVR Performance Test Results

With the launch of HTC’s Vive and Oculus’ Rift happening within the next month, there’s no better time than right now to make sure your PC is up to par for such a workload – if you’re planning to pick one of those two solutions up, of course. To help gamers figure…..

NVIDIA Brings Android 6.0 ‘Marshmallow’ To SHIELD TV, Introduces Initial Vulkan Support

Posted on February 22, 2016 4:02 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA SHIELD TV & Game Console

NVIDIA has long claimed that its SHIELD TV is the best streamer on the market, and to help make sure that nothing changes, it’s just rolled-out a new update for the device that adds a number of improvements and feature updates, including an upgrade to Android 6.0 ‘Marshmallow’. Marshmallow in itself brings…..

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…..

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