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Comcast To Offer 1Gbps Without Needing A Fiber Connection

Posted on December 28, 2015 8:05 AM by Tom Roeder
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Just three years ago, Google Fiber debuted in Kansas City, and it’s been the envy of anyone that covets serious bandwidth ever since.  Not to be left behind, Comcast has decided to offer 1Gbps speed as well, but it is doing things a little differently.  Comcast already offers an insane 2Gbps tier, but its availability…..

Samsung Delivers ‘I Will Survive’ Parody, Celebrating Success In The Tech Report’s SSD Endurance Experiment

Posted on December 22, 2015 8:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
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It’s that jovial time of year as the festive season dawns upon us, and Samsung spreads some light-hearted joy in the form of a parody song about its success in an SSD endurance experiment. At the end of a tortuous 18 months, a single surviving SSD breathed its last digital breath, reaching…..

ASUS’ E3 Pro Gaming V5 Motherboard Opts For Xeon Over Core i5/i7

Posted on December 21, 2015 3:48 PM by Rob Williams
ASUS E3 Pro Gaming V5 Motherboard

Well, here’s an interesting specimen. ASUS’ brand-new E3 Pro Gaming V5 motherboard looks similar to many others in its Republic of Gamers lineup, but in actuality, it’s quite different. The “E3” in its name refers to Intel Xeon E3 processors, which are designated as “workstation” or “server” models. With this board, ASUS…..

NVIDIA Releases Iray Plugin For Autodesk’s Maya

Posted on December 18, 2015 11:00 AM by Rob Williams
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In our in-depth look at NVIDIA’s latest Iray solutions earlier this month, we noted that a plugin for Maya would launch soon. Well, that “soon” is now, so if you’re interested in purchasing a license, you can do so right here. Like Iray Server and Iray for 3ds Max, Iray for Maya…..

castAR Kickstarter Backers To Get Refund & Free Consumer Unit On Release

Posted on December 16, 2015 5:15 PM by Jamie Fletcher
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With some disappointment, backers of the successful castAR Kickstarter campaign will have received an email today about getting a refund for any hardware tiers they may have sponsored. However, it’s not all bad news; the same people will also be getting a free castAR unit when it’s released in 2017. castAR initially…..

AMD’s Big Push For Open Source With GPUOpen & CUDA/C++ Compilers

Posted on December 15, 2015 8:00 PM by Jamie Fletcher
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There are big changes coming to and from AMD these last couple months. The release of the Fury GPUs introducing HBM for the first time in the consumer market, the corporate reshuffle and creation of the Radeon Technologies Group, and now we have AMD going open source on a number of projects.…..

AMD Announces FreeSync Support Over HDMI & GPU Support For Future HDR Displays

Posted on December 8, 2015 9:00 AM by Rob Williams
Samsung  JS9500 HDR TV

AMD has just made a couple of interesting announcements revolving around near-future and future display technologies. For starters, FreeSync is getting a lot of love, with a major addition coming to the tech in the form of HDMI support. It appears that this will not be a backwards-compatible feature, but instead will…..

Verizon Creates Minecraft Mod To Let Players Video Chat On An In-game Smartphone

Posted on December 7, 2015 10:00 AM by Rob Williams
Minecraft Block

When I first wrote about Minecraft back in 2009, I claimed that with it, “The Blocky Sky’s the Limit”. Little did I realize at the time just how true that would turn out to be. It took barely another year before someone managed to build the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek, a…..

Western Digital Announces 10TB Helium-Filled Hard Drive Utilizing PMR

Posted on December 2, 2015 4:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
WD HGST UltrastarHe10 10TB PMR Feature Image

The high density storage market has become a rather bizarre mix of technologies and sizes over the last couple years. Desktop hard drives have remained at the 6TB level for a while, with servers making use of 8TB, and in some cases 10TB densities. WD today announced a new enterprise drive that…..

Black Friday Deals 2015 For New PC Builds And Upgrades

Posted on November 27, 2015 2:00 PM by Jamie Fletcher
EVGA GeForce GTX 970 ACX 2+

It’s that time of year again, Black Friday hits and sales go through the roof. If you are on the lookout for some new hardware for your PC, we’re trawling the Internet to find some of the best deals we can. Rebates may crop up in places, so we’ve included non-rebate items…..

First Impressions: Acer’s Predator X34 Ultra-wide Curved G-SYNC Gaming Monitor

Posted on November 25, 2015 5:34 PM by Rob Williams
Acer Predator X34 Ultra-wide Curved G-SYNC Gaming Monitor

It didn’t take long after NVIDIA released its G-SYNC tech to the market for nice monitors using it to pop up. A great example would be ASUS’ RoG SWIFT, a 27-inch offering we took a look at last fall. Since then, ASUS has released a handful of follow-up models, while Acer, AOC, BenQ, and even…..

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

Posted on November 24, 2015 8:40 AM by Rob Williams
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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
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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
MAINGEAR RUSH - Green PC

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
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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
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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
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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…..

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