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January 31, 2013

New 3DMark Confirmed for February 4

It’s been more than half a year since we saw the first glimpse of the new 3DMark, and we’ve finally received word today that the new 3DMark for Windows has been confirmed for release on February 4!

The new 3DMark is expected to be Futuremark’s most advanced benchmark and will include a ton of in-app functionality such as the ability to monitor FPS, GPU, and CPU temperatures along with CPU power and clock speeds during benchmark runs. These new features will be extremely useful for those using 3DMark as their primary method of determining overclocking stability.

In addition to the new demos and features coming with the new 3DMark, Futuremark is [...]

 
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January 30, 2013

Microsoft Surface Pro to be Tight on Storage?

If you’ve been keeping your wallet locked away to save up for the highly anticipated Microsoft Surface Pro tablet, then this piece of news may make you bust that lock. According to The Verge, a company spokesperson has confirmed that the 64GB Surface Pro will only come with 23GB of usable storage out of the box, while the 128GB version will have 83GB of free space by default.

So did all that space disappear to? It sees that they will be reserved for the Windows 8 install, built-in apps, and a recovery partition. That’s 41GB of reserved space on the basic Surface Pro model. Microsoft claims that more storage space can be acquired by moving the [...]

 
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January 29, 2013

Best CPU Cooler Roundup Review Feat. Corsair, Cooler Master, Noctua, Phanteks, Zalman

Battle of the Titans

Up until the release of Sandy Bridge processors back in early 2011, overclocking was something generally reserved for only the most hardcore gamers and enthusiasts who wanted to push their systems to the limits. Overclocking required countless hours of tinkering and testing, which was generally a bit too complicated for mainstream users.

With the release of Sandy Bridge however, the landscape of overclocking has really changed dramatically. Significant overclocks may now be had with simple motherboard overclocking buttons or 5 minute adjustments in the BIOS, which greatly simplified the once complicated and confusing task.

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January 26, 2013

Five Games I’m Looking Forward to in 2013

Here at Custom PC Review, we really love our fast computers and tournament grade gaming peripherals, and while we enjoy just simply having supreme amounts of processing power at our fingertips, we also enjoy using the processing power to play the latest and greatest games as well.

As the new year rolls around, the gaming industry continues to grow at an exponential rate, streamrolling forward with bigger and better games to captivate experienced and rookie gamers alike. New games are emerging left and right, not only adding to the existing genres but also creating completely new ones to fit the growing gaming audience’s needs and wants.

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January 24, 2013

Best Photo/Video Editing PC Under $1,400 [January 2013]

Powerful Photo/Video Editing at a Budget

Looking through my list of my featured computer builds, one build I felt really needed updating is the photo/video editing build as it’s one of the most requested builds along with the $1,000 gaming PC build, so for this month (well, the couple more days left for this month), that’s what we’ll do.

Now there’s a couple good photo/video editing builds I can think of, but when it comes to price to performance, I think the $1,000 – $1,400 range definitely provides the most bang for the buck, so today we’ll be doing a build that fits right into the $1,400 budget. Those [...]

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January 23, 2013

CES 2013: MultiTaction Demos the Future of Touch

Touch screens have become the norm in today’s technological world and is now a staple in many electronic devices. But like all things tech, touchscreens are constantly being refined by companies all around the world. MultiTouch Ltd. (more specifically, MultiTaction) is one such company, and they definitely weren’t shy to show off some of their big ideas at CES 2013.

MultiTaction’s boldest concept aims to improve touch screen technology to create something called “Enriched Reality”. According to a MultiTaction spokesperson, an Enriched Reality touch surface will be able to detect any object that interfaces with the touch screen. The magic, [...]

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January 18, 2013

CES 2013: ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro, Power-Grid

As we were wrapping up our CES adventure, we were given the opportunity to visit the ROCCAT suite and man am I glad we did.

The first thing that caught my eye was the newly announced Ryos MK Pro keyboard sitting at the desk. The Ryos is a fully backlit mechanical keyboard that’s expected to come in all four most common Cherry MX keyswitch options (blue, brown, black, red). As our meeting progressed we were shown some cool features that that the keyboard had including the different lighting switches.

The first mode demonstrated will allow you to preset certain actions for LEDs on the keyboard when a certain key is [...]

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January 17, 2013

CES 2013: Kingston Shows Off HyperX Predator 1TB, World’s Largest USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Yes, they finally did it!

What you see above is one of only two working samples of the Kingston HyperX Predator 1TB USB 3.0 flash drive in existence. As you’d expect from the name, this USB 3.0 flash drive contains a whopping 1TB of flash storage making the drive possibly the largest flash drive ever built.

Of course, having this much capacity also means that you’ll want to be transferring data faster than USB 2.0’s 35 MB/s, so Kingston has also included support for USB 3.0, giving the HyperX Predator 1TB maximum transfer speeds of up to 240 MB/s reads and 160 MB/s writes. To enhance aesthetics and improve durability, Kingston has also built [...]

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January 16, 2013

CM Storm QuickFire TK Review

Tenkeyless Formfactor with All Ten Keys

Last year, we reviewed the CM Storm QuickFire Rapid which offered the tenkeyless formfactor for portability, but came at the expense of a missing tenkey pad, and although we liked how it could be stuffed into our backpacks effortlessly, we definitely missed having the number pad when it came to working with excel spreadsheets.

If only someone could make a tenkeyless formfactor mechanical keyboard with a tenkey pad…

So before 2012 rolled to a close, Cooler Master handed us what they call the CM Storm QuickFire TK packed with Cherry MX blue keyswitches for us to review. In case its name hasn’t given it away yet, the [...]

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January 16, 2013

CES 2013: Nvidia Tegra 4, Project SHIELD Gaming Console Hands On, First Impressions

Among the most popular introductions at this year’s CES was the Nvidia Project Shield, which is Nvidia’s newest Tegra 4 powered gaming console. This introduction is exciting in a number of ways. The first is that Nvidia is entering the gaming console market. Nvidia has been traditionally known for producing top tier graphics cards and mobile processors, so the move into mobile gaming seems like a logical step for the company. The second exciting thing about Project Shield is that it includes Nvidia’s newest Tegra 4 ARM processor.

Let’s talk a little about both of these exciting new introductions.

Tegra 4

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January 15, 2013

CES 2013: Genius Gila Gaming Mouse

Genius entered into CES 2013 with its MMO and RTS gaming mouse called the Gila. At first appearance, the Gila seems to be designed purely for an aesthetic technocrat but upon hold, it fits naturally into your hand. Being an ambidextrous mouse, I’ll admit I wasn’t expecting the mouse to feel as good as it did but it was comfortable in both a claw and palm grip. I was able to try out some Battlefield 3 with this mouse and it was very easy to aim for headshots with it. The laser tracking was very precise, though the representatives at the time were unable to tell me exactly what kind of laser was built into the device. Given the DPI [...]

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January 15, 2013

CES 2013: Razer Edge Gaming Tablet Hands On, First Impressions

For over the past decade, Razer has become on of the most well known gaming peripheral manufacturers in the world, which is why when Razer decided in late 2011 to jump in headfirst as a systems integrator with the custom designed Razer Blade, I was quite skeptical. After all, it’s not everyday you see a company go out and spend the R&D to custom design a new laptop from the ground up. However to my surprise, despite the Blade’s exorbitant pricing, under-powered specifications, and so-so reviews by many media outlets, the first generation Razer Blade was actually very well received by the market thanks to its sleek, unique, portable, and very exclusive design [...]

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