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December 28, 2016

Gigabyte Unveils Compact BRIX Gaming GT Desktop

With CES closing in on us in the next week, early tech announcements have been rapidly circulating online and one of the most interesting is Gigabyte’s BRIX platform with the addition of the GB-GZ1DTi7-1070-NK-GW and the GB-GZ1DTi7-1080-NK-GW.

With a physical footprint of just 276 mm x 384 mm x 128 mm, the Gigabyte BRIX GT series is in competition with the Asus G20 and MSI Vortex, both of which offer stellar performance within a tiny package. In order to combat the cooling limitations of such a high performance build in such a small package, the BRIX GT case features automated vents that balance noise and air flow similar to how the ASUS G20’s [...]

 
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November 5, 2016

Iron Harvest 1920+ Set to Release in 2018 on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

For RTS fans on the lookout for exciting new titles that aren’t just regurgitated content from over milked franchises riding on the coattails of their once prestigious reputations, King Art Games’ Iron Harvest 1920+ may be the game to keep an eye on.

The game, which is still in development shows quite a bit of promise. At this early stage in development the information we have available on the game’s official site is as follows:

The Setting

1920+ is an alternate version of our own world created by Polish artist Jakub Różalski. In the early 20th century, tradition clashes with progress, and the world is still full of mysteries and [...]

 
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October 28, 2016

What You Missed at Microsoft’s Windows 10 Event – “Imagine What You’ll Do”

October 26 was an exciting day for Microsoft as they recently held their “Imagine What You’ll Do” event where Microsoft shared plenty of development plans and new introductions in both software and hardware. For those who missed it, here’s what you missed.

 

Windows 10 Creator’s Update

Windows will be getting a significant features update in Q1 2017. Terry Myerson, VP of Windows and Devices group, detailed some of its key features.

The upcoming update will be dubbed the Windows 10 Creator’s update. The feature-focused theme aligns with the rumors that spurred up after the Windows Anniversary update. The Creators [...]

 
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October 11, 2016

Overwatch Halloween Terror Updates Introduce New Lootboxes, Skins and More!

Players of Blizzard’s Overwatch will be thrilled to know that Overwatch’s Halloween Terror Event running from October 11 – November 1 is now live on Patch 1.4.0.2, confirming earlier info found on the Overwatch Taiwan’s official website and several less concrete rumors that have been circulating the community leading up to today.

This long awaited limited time event will follow similarly to the Summer Olympics event format with glowing Jack-O’-Lantern lootboxes, providing over 100 event exclusive skins, voice lines, highlights and other customization collectibles, and spooky altercations to the Hollywood map. And as usual, all cosmetic [...]

 
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October 10, 2016

Skyrim Special Edition PC Requirements Revealed – Core i5, 8GB RAM, GTX 780 Recommended

Skyrim fans looking for a slick new coat of paint on the nearly 5 year old game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition promises to deliver just that. Along with remastered artwork and effects, Skyrim Special Edition also features volumetric god rays, dynamic depth of field, screen-space reflections, 64-bit architecture and new water/snow shaders. In addition, the Special Edition will also include all DLCs.

The add on features, tantalizing as they may be, do come with their trade offs. More specifically, the hardware requirements have been drastically bumped to what you would expect from a machine robust enough to drive visual mods that enthusiasts have been [...]

 
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January 8, 2016

CES 2016: Corsair Introduces Several New Budget Cases

In the days leading up to the CES main events, Corsair is introduced the Carbide Spec-Alpha, Carbide 400C, and Carbide 400Q to its budget gaming series chassis.

The Carbide Spec-Alpha rocks some aggressive angular lines that are reminiscent of the ever so popular Corsair Bulldog. Its mesh front cover has sufficient room for up to three 120 mm fans but, due to the lack of clearance from the hard drive cage, there is only enough space for a 240 mm radiator. Buyers can choose between red or blue as the primary color, each comes with color matching fans. These and any other additional fans can then be controlled via a built in three speed fan controller.

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January 1, 2016

BIOSTAR Unveils New Skylake Racing Series Motherboards

Is there any better way of kicking off a new year than releasing a brand new line of products? BIOSTAR doesn’t seem to think so as they’ve just announced their latest Racing Series of gaming oriented motherboards.

The new BIOSTAR Z170GT7, B150GT5, and H170GT3 all feature a slick checkered racing design on top of an I/O armor, a growingly popular design choice that provides protection from dust. Moreover, the motherboards are also rocking Biostar’s vivid LED DJ technology and 5050 headers, which allows users to not only personalize onboard lighting effects to match their own build theme but also control any additional LED strips. Other features we have [...]

 
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December 18, 2015

Review: Steelseries Stratus XL for Windows and Android

Does Bigger Mean Better?

As hardware becomes more power efficient and compact, Steam Machines and other small form factor systems are slowly beginning to invade the living room. As a result, PC gamers have found themselves spending more time on the couch, and playing games on the TV.

This transition to a more casual gaming environment has also sparked many peripheral makers to pursue the customized gaming controller market. Many of today’s hit titles such as Rocket League and Mortal Kombat X tend to fare much better with the controller.

Awhile back we had posted about our E3 hands on experience with the Stratus XL, SteelSeries’ answer to the developing [...]

 
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December 5, 2015

Review: Cougar 250M Optical Gaming Mouse

Budget Friendly Mouse

Gaming mice come in various price tiers and we are often too caught up in the bells and whistle featured on flagship models. It’s always nice to see companies return to the basics with entry level products that deliver the necessary fundamental features at an affordable price. However, designing an affordable gaming mouse brings with it an unique set of challenges as tradeoffs occur and manufacturers have to strike a balance between cost and performance. Keeping that in mind, let’s review the Cougar 250M gaming mouse.

Manufacturer Cougar Gaming Model 250M Sensor ADNS-3050 Optical Sensor CPI Range 500/1000/1250/1750/2000/4000 [...]
 
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September 3, 2015

Asus’s New GX700: Water Cooled Mobile Monster

With the upcoming IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) Consumer Electronic Show in Berlin set to begin on September 4th, many companies have begun to announce their latest products. One of the notable announcements came from Asus with a new flagship gaming laptop, the GX700. This monstrosity is an ode to the desktop replacement laptop as it favours the bulky chassis and follows the sharp, aggressive angular lines signature of ASUS’s Republic of Gamers products such as the the ASUS G751 gaming notebook. In terms of physical stature, the GX700 is comparable to the MSI GT80 Titan, but the headline feature of the GX700 is not a built-in Cherry MX mechanical keyboard, but [...]

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