Gaming

For the launch of AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper processors, one of the features being advertised was Game Mode. This was a special profile under the updated Ryzen Master software that was designed to give the Threadripper CPU more performance in gaming, at the expense of peak performance in hard CPU tasks. AMD’s goal, as described to us, was to enable the user to have a choice: a CPU that can be fit for both CPU tasks and for gaming at the flick of a switch (and a reboot) by disabling half of the chip. Initially we interpreted this via one of AMD’s slides as half of the threads (simultaneous multi-threading off), as per the exact wording. However, in other places AMD had stated that it actually...

ASUS Readies ROG Laptops with Optional 120 Hz AHVA Display Panels

In the recent years, ASUS became one of the world’s largest supplier of gaming notebooks and gaming displays. Having obtained a lot of expertise in building monitors and laptops...

11 by Anton Shilov on 5/31/2016

Computex 2016: ASUS Republic of Gamers 10 Year Press Conference

The final press event of the day - the annual Computex Republic of Gamers press conference. This year is ASUS' 10 year anniversary for ROG, and as part of...

8 by Ian Cutress & Billy Tallis on 5/29/2016

The Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK mini-PC Review

The desktop computing market has been subject to severe challenges over the last few years. The ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) PC market that emerged with the introduction of the Intel...

133 by Ganesh T S on 5/23/2016

The EpicGear Defiant Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Mechanical keyboards are growing in popularity in the gaming market. As a result, we now have a number of products to choose from coming from dozens of manufacturers, making...

23 by E. Fylladitakis on 5/11/2016

The ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme Review: The Other $500 Option

On the back of our last $500 motherboard review, it was clear that a number of readers were surprised that a mainstream motherboard could cost so much. We took...

70 by Ian Cutress on 4/7/2016

The Tesoro Sagitta & Thyrsus Gaming Mice Capsule Review

Tesoro Technology (not to be confused with Tesoro Corporation of petroleum products) is a relatively new manufacturer of computer peripherals, founded back in 2011. Our first review of their...

5 by E. Fylladitakis on 3/28/2016

Logitech Announces The Ambidextrous G900 Chaos Spectrum Gaming Mouse

Today Logitech is announcing the latest in their lineup of gaming mice. The G900 Chaos Spectrum is a wired and wireless mouse, and it is one of the few...

37 by Brett Howse on 3/24/2016

Logitech Announces G610 Orion Brown And G610 Orion Red Mechanical Keyboards

Today Logitech unveiled two new mechanical keyboards under their G branding, with the G610 Orion Brown and G610 Orion Red. As I’m sure many of you have already guessed...

21 by Brett Howse on 3/17/2016

Intel's Skull Canyon NUC is Official: $650, Shipping In May

Back in January, Intel had provided us with information about the Skull Canyon NUC based on a Skylake H-Series CPU(with Iris Pro Graphics). Today, at GDC 2016, Intel made...

103 by Ganesh T S on 3/16/2016

NVIDIA Announces GameWorks SDK 3.1

Innovation is hard work. Doing work that has already been done elsewhere can be satisfying, but also annoying - no-one wants to reinvent the wheel every time. In the...

52 by Daniel Williams on 3/16/2016

The Lenovo Ideapad Y700 Laptop Review

The PC gaming market has been pretty strong market over the last couple of years, and recent developments have pushed the boundaries again. With launches of virtual reality headsets...

51 by Brett Howse on 2/11/2016

Giveaway: Rise of the Tomb Raider (PC)

After a bit of a break we’re back with another giveaway for everyone to enjoy. This time the folks over at Square Enix sent over a rather sizable cache of...

76 by Ryan Smith on 2/3/2016

Interview with Ian Livingstone CBE: Gaming in VR and Development in the UK

This week I decided last minute to attend PG Connects, a trade show conference on mobile gaming, attended by developers and business looking to promote or sell their games...

6 by Ian Cutress on 1/22/2016

Supermicro Quietly Launches the C7Z170-OCE: Multi-GPU focused with PLX8747 for $300

One of the biggest changes to the motherboard scene since the release of Skylake is the distinct lack of motherboards designed to cater for more than two PCIe cards...

20 by Ian Cutress on 1/18/2016

CES 2016: MSI’s 27-inch 4K Gaming AIO with Full Sized Discrete GPU, the 27XT 6QE

Back at Computex in 2015 we saw and reported on MSI’s first design ideas surrounding an all-in-one computer (where the PC is essentially in the frame of the monitor...

13 by Ian Cutress on 1/14/2016

CES 2016: MSI’s Golden Idea for Motherboards

The problem with a gold motherboard color is that it often looks too much like copper, and several companies have tried it in recent years (ASUS on Z77, ECS&rsquo...

28 by Ian Cutress on 1/13/2016

CES 2016: GIGABYTE’s Double Length Gaming BRIX

The BRIX mini-PC line from GIGABYTE is an odd internal mashup within the company whereby the server business unit designs it, but the consumer arm does the marketing and...

12 by Ian Cutress on 1/12/2016

Going for Gaming: An Interview with MSI VPs Charles Chiang and Ted Hung on Gaming and Strategy

MSI’s march on the gaming market has been well documented with plenty of pushes into notebooks, motherboards, graphics and an attempt to move the barrier forward with both brand...

17 by Ian Cutress on 12/18/2015

The GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming G1 Review: Quad-SLI on Skylake, and now with Thunderbolt 3

This is a review of a $500 motherboard for Skylake processors. For some readers, there’s going to an instant reaction of a series of question marks, confused emoji and...

67 by Ian Cutress on 12/1/2015

Best Gaming Laptops: Holiday 2015

Welcome to part two of our best laptop guide for 2015. The first part was traditional notebooks, this installment will focus on gaming notebooks, and our final piece will...

31 by Brett Howse on 11/25/2015

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