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NVIDIA Asks For Your Vote, Gives You A Chance To Win A GeForce GTX 980 Ti

Posted on September 14, 2015 2:30 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti - Angled View

At PAX Prime 2015, which took place at the end of August, four companies teamed up to put HTC’s Vive in the hands of six artists to see what would be possible. Those companies include HTC and Valve, responsible for the Vive headset, Tilt Brush, makers of the art software, and NVIDIA,…..

Kingston’s HyperX Savage DDR4 Memory Blends Fast Speeds With Aggressive Timings

Posted on September 14, 2015 1:15 PM by Rob Williams
Kingston HyperX Savage DDR4 Memory

When DDR4 first hit the scene last August, it wasn’t what we’d consider ideal. As a first release, it was expensive, and despite being fast, carried with it loose enough timings that made DDR3 still look attractive. As the way things go, though, DDR4 is constantly being refined, and today’s kits are…..

Biostar’s Hi-Fi H170Z3 Motherboard Helps Users Upgrade To Skylake As Cheaply As Possible

Posted on September 14, 2015 12:13 PM by Rob Williams

Upgrading from one platform to another can get expensive quick, especially if it’s been a while and many new components are needed. Such would be the case for many if Intel’s Skylake is in their sights. The move to DDR4 alone means that their old RAM can’t be ported over, and at…..

Naughty Dog Tells Valve That It Could Make Half-Life 3 Since The Company Won’t

Posted on September 14, 2015 11:20 AM by Rob Williams
Half-Life Lambda Logo

Can you believe that it’s been eight years since the release of the last Half-Life title? That being Episode Two, of course – one that was meant to preface a third and final installment of Half-Life 2. Sometimes, when I’m a bit slack on work, I remind myself, “At least I didn’t…..

Qualcomm Aims For The Skies With New Snapdragon Flight Platform

Posted on September 10, 2015 4:18 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight Reference Drone

In case it hasn’t been obvious enough, drones have become big business. Whether for work or for play, prices have reached a point where drone kits can find their way into the hands of the masses, and I’m sure retailers all over are grinning at the fact that a major holiday season is going…..

AMD’s Tiny Radeon R9 Nano Proves That 6 Inches Is Nothing To Be Ashamed Of

Posted on September 10, 2015 2:10 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon R9 Nano - Installed In ITX Motherboard

We learned most of what we needed to know about AMD’s pint-sized Radeon R9 Nano a couple of weeks ago, and today, AMD’s lifted the embargo so that the select few who were given a card could divulge what we’re all waiting for: performance. As I covered a few weeks ago, AMD…..

AMD Creates Radeon Technologies Group To Consolidate Graphics Divisions

Posted on September 10, 2015 9:20 AM by Jamie Fletcher
AMD Radeon Graphics Logo

Under fierce competition, AMD has decided to up its game when it comes to graphics by creating the Radeon Technologies Group; it’s focus, ‘immersive computing’. As part of the company’s restructuring, this is the first time since the acquisition of ATI back in 2006, that AMD has allowed independence in its graphics…..

Apple Announces iPhone 6s & 6s Plus: Introducing 3D Touch & Apple’s A9 SoC

Posted on September 9, 2015 4:15 PM by Rob Williams
Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Following months of ever-increasing anticipation, Apple has today revealed its next iPhones: 6s and 6s Plus. As it happens, most of the rumors we’ve been hearing about for a while have proven to be true, so admittedly, if you’ve been keeping on top of those, there’s not much to be surprised by…..

Cooler Master’s QuickFire XTi Adds Color To Your Typing With Red & Blue LEDs

Posted on September 8, 2015 4:09 PM by Rob Williams
Cooler Master QuickFire XTi - Angled

The market for “minimalistic” mechanical keyboards is huge – planks that emphasize a clean, simple design, rather than gaming luxuries or dedicated media keys. While I appreciate such design goals, I do admit that I’m a sucker for LEDs – to me, nothing beats having a simple keyboard with a bit of…..

Lian Li’s PC-V33 Chassis Lets You Unwrap It For Easy Installation

Posted on September 4, 2015 3:16 PM by Rob Williams
Lian Li PC-V33 Chassis

The experience of building a PC can range anywhere from simple and pleasant to complicated and infuriating. The most important piece that determines the outcome is the chassis, and it’s for this reason that companies have made it a point to highlight the fact that their latest offering was designed to make…..

WD Releases Its ‘Fastest External Solution’ With The My Book Pro

Posted on September 3, 2015 9:19 AM by Rob Williams
WD My Book Pro

Releasing an updated NAS OS and home NAS wasn’t enough for WD this week, as the company has also announced a brand-new RAID enclosure that it touts as being its “fastest external solution”. As its My Book Pro name implies, this enclosure is targeted at those who need the fastest access to…..

Intel’s Skylake Official Reveal – Pricing & Availability

Posted on September 1, 2015 9:00 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Intel Skylake De-lidded Processor

The curtain has finally lifted and it’s that magical time when we can finally divulge all of the interesting details on Intel’s latest and greatest CPU architecture, Skylake. From the top-end desktop parts that were released a couple of weeks back, down to the low-power and low price counterparts. There are even…..

Seagate Releases Trio Of 8TB Enterprise Hard Drives

Posted on September 1, 2015 8:00 AM by Rob Williams
Seagate's 8TB Enterprise HDD Lineup

In advance of the IFA show in Berlin, Seagate has pulled the veil off of three brand-new enterprise hard drive models. As the title of this post suggests, all of them come in at 8TB, helping to feed the ever-increasing demand for more storage in the same form-factor. The three models include…..

WD Launches My Cloud OS 3 & Updated My Cloud Mirror

Posted on September 1, 2015 4:00 AM by Rob Williams
WD My Cloud Mirror

It’s time to get excited, WD My Cloud users, as WD is soon to roll out My Cloud OS 3 to its family of NAS appliances. Before I talk about that, though, I should point out an interesting fact that WD told me on a call last week. Where personal cloud storage…..

Fractal Design Goes To The Quietest Room On Earth To Prove The Define R5’s Worth

Posted on August 31, 2015 4:56 PM by Rob Williams
Fractal Design Define R5 Open

Some companies tell us that their chassis are quiet, and then there are some who like to prove it. Add Fractal Design to that list. The folks there recently brought the company’s award-winning Define R5 to a place that the Guinness World Records calls the “quietest place on Earth” – an anechoic…..

Valve Says That Consumer HTC Vive Headsets Won’t Ship Until Q1 2016

Posted on August 28, 2015 2:34 PM by Rob Williams
SteamVR Vive

Valve has today updated us on where things currently stand with its upcoming Vive headset, which it joined forces with HTC to create. There’s both some good and bad news here, so let’s start with the latter. While it was anticipated that consumers would be able to purchase Vive before the end…..

Heyoo! Lionsgate Begins Production On Borderlands Movie

Posted on August 28, 2015 1:44 PM by Rob Williams
Borderlands Logo

It’s been rumored for a while, and now it’s confirmed: A Borderlands film is en route. Right off the top, I’m skeptical. Borderlands is one of the best game series going, in my opinion, and just how often does a game-to-movie transition work? Not often enough, and this is a series I’d…..

Logitech G’s Artemis Spectrum: Gaming Headsets For Serious Audiophiles

Posted on August 27, 2015 2:20 PM by J.D. Kane
Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Headset with Mic

Logitech G, the gaming-focused arm of peripherals giant Logitech, has announced the debut of its two latest headsets: the G933 Artemis Spectrum Wireless and the G633 Artemis Spectrum Gaming. You might guess by their names that these are essentially the same headsets. They share many salient features. They both are equipped with patent-pending 40mm…..

Apple Sets September 9 Date To Launch Next iPhone – And Perhaps More?

Posted on August 27, 2015 2:02 PM by Rob Williams
Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Apple has today sent out invites to select press for an event happening on September 9 in San Francisco. Given the timing, it’s no secret that this event will be used to launch the next iPhone. As The Verge reports, though, the venue for this particular event is the Bill Graham Civic…..

AMD’s Super Powerful (And Small) Radeon R9 Nano Can Soon Be Yours For $649

Posted on August 27, 2015 8:00 AM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon R9 Nano

After months of anticipation, AMD’s super-small Radeon R9 Nano has landed. Since the card’s original tease back in June, AMD’s touted the card as being on per performance-wise to an R9 290X. That’s a fairly big claim on account of the fact that we’re talking about a six-inch model. Well, if the…..

NZXT’s S340 Mid-tower Chassis Goes Black And Green For Special Razer Edition

Posted on August 26, 2015 1:10 PM by J.D. Kane
NZXT S340 Razer Edition

When I think of gaming peripherals solutions provider Razer, I think of two things: The color green, and style. It’s no surprise, then, that when the company announced a tie-up with PC chassis manufacturer NZXT, the resulting progeny of their union would be, well, green and stylish. Behold the NZXT S340 –…..

Look Out, Twitch: YouTube Set To Launch YouTube Gaming Service Today

Posted on August 26, 2015 11:29 AM by Rob Williams
YouTube Gaming Across Multiple Devices

This time last year, it seemed certain that YouTube would be the one to acquire the ultra-popular game streaming service, but alas, that privilege went to Amazon for a cool $1 billion. That wasn’t going to stop Google from pursuing its game streaming prospects, though, something that became clear in June…..

VMware Updates Four Desktop Virtualization Suites: Workstation Pro, Player, Fusion & Fusion Pro

Posted on August 25, 2015 7:44 PM by Rob Williams
VMware Workstation Pro 12 & Player 12

VMware has today launched the latest versions of four of its products, two each for the Workstation and Fusion series. These releases have come a bit earlier than expected, as Workstation 11 came out in its final form just last December. With Windows 10 having launched last month, though, VMware clearly didn’t…..

Microsoft Pushes Cortana Onto Android In Limited Public Beta

Posted on August 24, 2015 4:59 PM by Rob Williams
Cortana Logo

In May, Microsoft announced that it would be releasing its Cortana digital assistant for both iOS and Android. Today, the latter platform has received the first beta; at this point, there’s been no confirmation of when Siri’s competition will hit her platform. Microsoft calls this release a “public beta”, but it took no time…..

QNAP Releases Its Thunderbolt 2.0-equipped TVS-871T Business NAS

Posted on August 24, 2015 4:03 PM by Rob Williams

We first learned of the “World’s First” Thunderbolt-equipped NAS at Computex back in June. At the time, we didn’t know all there was to know about QNAP’s TVS-871T, but it was only a matter of time before the juiciest bits were revealed. As this post might allude to, that time is now.…..

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