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March 28, 2013

ROCCAT Kave 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset Review

Real 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming

Fact: having a full 5.1 surround sound system will enhance your multimedia experience – this is something that even your grandma would probably agree on. Not only does directional sound allow you to track your enemies better (shooter fans, you know what I’m talking about), it also makes bad movies just a little easier to bear with when the sound is just that good. While full on 5.1 surround sound systems are quite common in living rooms, the same isn’t necessarily true in a bedroom or office, which is where we generally place our computers. Although many companies sell 5.1 or even 7.1 surround sound computer speakers, it’s [...]

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March 26, 2013

EA/DICE Reveals First Battlefield 4 Screenshots

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Been craving for some info on the upcoming fourth installment in the Battlefield series? Well hopefully these HD screenshots of Battlefield 4 will satisfy you for now as EA gears up for an official announcement of the new game happening tonight (3/27/13).

Each of pictures showcase some beautiful graphics from within the game (although the last two appear to be cinematic scenes) and when compared to the previous installment, the difference is dramatic. The first image, a collage of delectable visual elements, displays flocks of beautiful birds and glaring lens flares that would [...]

 
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March 26, 2013

Best Gaming/Streaming/Recording PC Build Under $2,000 [March 2013]

Build an Awesome Livestreaming PC to Show Off Your 1337 Gaming Skills!

Live game streaming and pre-recorded game compilation videos have become extremely popular these days with the massive explosion of video streaming services such as YouTube and Twitch.tv, so this month’s build will be focused on a reasonably priced gaming computer that can handle game streaming, game recording, video editing, and of course 1080p gaming as well.

Care to check out what we’ve come up with? Let’s find out!

Gaming/Streaming/Recording Computer Build Component Summary – Budget: $2,000 CPU Intel Core i7-3770K $321 Motherboard Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H $140 Memory 16GB [...]
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March 26, 2013

Galaxy Launches the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost

Press Release

Galaxy Microsystems, a leading manufacturer of performance graphics cards, announced today the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost.  The new GPU brings high detail 1080p gaming to the mainstream by combining the affordability of the GTX 650 Ti with the features and performance of a higher end GTX 600 series card.  Most notably, the GTX 650 Ti Boost includes support for GPU Boost, which automatically clocks the GPU core up to its maximum potential, and SLI, which lets users pair cards up to double the graphics processing power.

In addition to added features and functionality, higher core clocks and dramatically increased memory bandwidth further enhance [...]

 
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March 25, 2013

Samsung Releases Magician 4.0, Data Migration 2.0 Software

It’s been a long time coming, but it seems like Samsung has finally gotten around to releasing the Magician 4.0 and Data Migration 2.0 software, which were promised all the way back in September of last year when the Samsung 840 and Samsung 840 Pro SSDs were launched.

Samsung Magician 4.0

The Samsung Magician 4.0 software is Samsung’s latest SSD utility which supports all Samsung SSDs to date. The Magician 4.0 software offers tons of features in an easy to use, redesigned software interface, which at the moment is the most full featured SSD utility on the market. In addition to all the features offered on the Magician 3.0 software, The Magician 4.0 [...]

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March 20, 2013

GTC 2013: Nvidia Logan and Parker Next Generation Tegra Architectures

In addition to revealing their updated GPU roadmap, Nvidia recently also revealed an updated Tegra roadmap which includes a couple new Tegra mobile SoCs.

The first upcoming Tegra SoC on the roadmap is called Tegra Logan (Tegra 5), which will succeed the recently introduced Tegra 4 SoC. The defining feature of the new Tegra Logan SoC is that it will be the first Tegra SoC to integrate 28nm Kepler graphics on the chip itself. With Kepler graphics integration, Logan will have native support for OpenGL 4.3 and full support for CUDA 5. This leverages Nvidia’s extensive experience as a GPU manufacturer as Kepler graphics on the SoC should give Tegra Logan far superior [...]

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March 20, 2013

Logitech Bets on Science, Introduces Eight New Gaming Peripherals

Press Release

Logitech Renews Commitment to PC Gaming, Introduces New Lineup

New Logitech G Line of Accessories Proves Science Wins

Today Logitech announced the new Logitech® G line, reflecting its new approach to PC gaming. The new lineup includes six redesigned mice and keyboard favorites and two new headsets.

“With Logitech G, we put our passion for science to work for you,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, general manager of the Logitech gaming business group. “Just as gamers are compelled to beat levels, our engineers are compelled to test scientific theories. For close to 20 years [...]

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March 20, 2013

March Madness Giveaway!

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March Madness has arrived with AMD, Sapphire Technology, ADATA USA, AZiO Corporation & Fractal Design celebrating the month with a full DIY PC Gaming Rig, valued over $1,300. On top of this, these tech-savvy, and performance-enthusiast sponsors have provided daily PC swag prizes to give individuals more opportunities to win a prize during the month of March.

The DIY PC Gaming Rig has been equipped with top of the line technology ranging from the dominant and new AMD FX-8350 8-Core processor, driven by the Sapphire Technology AM3+ 990FX motherboard which has received multiple awards for being one of the most energy efficient yet powerful motherboards [...]

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March 19, 2013

GTC 2013: PNY Shows Off Prototype Modular AIO GPU/CPU Water Cooler

As one of Nvidia’s biggest GPU partners, PNY also claimed one of the largest booths at Nvidia’s annual GTC event. Being one of the only companies out there with product lines for pretty much every type of consumer from gamer to enterprise, PNY had a ton of products on the show floor, one of which was a highly promising prototype of an all in one (AIO) CPU/GPU cooler.

Those familiar with PNY’s line of XLR8 graphics cards will also be familiar with the fact that water cooled graphics cards aren’t necessarily new for the company. Back when the GeForce 500 Series graphics cards were the hot new thing, PNY already brought to market an AIO water [...]

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March 19, 2013

GTC 2013: Nvidia Maxwell and Volta Next Generation GPU Architectures

Recently at Nvidia’s GTC (GPU Technology Conference) 2013 conference, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang talked briefly about Nvidia’s GPU roadmap containing next generation Maxwell and Volta GPU architectures.

Whereas current generation Kepler’s major feature is dynamic parallelism, Maxwell furthers this with a unified virtual memory. This allows the memory in the GPU to be accessed directly by the CPU, and memory in the CPU to be accessed via the GPU, which in turn helps increase power efficiency, performance and promote better programmability. Maxwell, which was first introduced to us in late 2010 appears to be coming sometime in 2014 and will be [...]

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March 19, 2013

GTC 2013: Keynote, GRID VCA

As it would seem, this time of the year is jam packed with different conventions that scream for our attention. With many great options on where to go and what to see, we decided to head out to Nvidia’s 2013 GPU Technology Conference in San Jose to see what Nvidia and their partners have in store for this year.

To kick off the event, we attended the opening keynote which was presented by none other than the man, the myth, the legend, Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO and President of Nvidia, himself.  Within the first couple of minutes into the keynote, it was clear that GTC is a very technically focused convention, oriented towards developers, researchers, businesses [...]

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March 19, 2013

Razer Megasoma 2 Hybrid Mouse Mat Now Available

Press Release

ALL-IN-ONE RAZER MEGASOMA 2 MOUSE MAT NOW AVAILABLE

Razer’s revolutionary hybrid gaming mouse mat features both hard and soft surfaces 

Razer, the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, software and systems, today announced the availability of the Razer Megasoma 2, a hybrid gaming mouse mat combining the stability and performance of a hard mat with the flexibility and comfort of a soft surface.

The Razer Megasoma 2 is able to deliver the benefits of both hard and soft surfaces as a result of its silicon-based construction. Just like a hard mat, the silicon is taut and stable for consistent [...]

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