Razer Blade looks sharp and cuts deep (into your pocket book)
The saying, "You get what you pay for" gets tossed around a lot, but sometimes this proverb doesn't always ring true. At $2,500, the new 17.3" Razer Blade gaming laptop certainly is expensive, but is it worth it?
How to build a modern-day PC into a replica of the Commodore 64
Many people wax poetic about the polite ’50s, the radical ’60s, or the wild ’70s, but for nerds, the 1980s was the best decade. A full-on war raged in the new category of “personal computer,” no one operating system ruled the world, and, man, you could walk into a Toys “R” Us and buy the world’s all-time bestselling PC: the Commodore 64.
So a SandForce and an Indilinx controller walk into a testbed…
Are SSDs approaching commodity status? There are dozens of different consumer SSDs on the market, but with each successive generation it seems there are fewer controllers driving them. This time around the big players are LSI’s SandForce SF-2281 controller (found in OCZ’s Vertex 3 and Agility 3 drives, Patriot’s Pyro SE, Corsair’s Force 3 and Force GT, OWC’s Mercury Extreme Pro, Intel’s 520 Series, and so many more) and Marvell’s 9174, found in pretty much everything else. Samsung’s 830 Series drives have their own controller, but most of the rest of the market has one of two controllers, differentiated only by firmware and NAND choice. Here we examine two new SSDs: one with an off-the-shelf controller and one with a heavily modified one.
What time is it? Blueprints time! We've built three rigs at three approximate price points: Baseline, Performance, and, because you asked for it, Budget. Baseline gets you a powerful, no-compromises rig, suitable for gaming and content creation at 1080p. Performance gets you more, and Budget is for those who want to be frugal.
These rigs are lab-tested and editor-approved, and we'll update them every month. Feedback is, of course, welcome. Tell us what you think!
There are only a handfull of places you can bump into a laid off Storm Trooper and a dude dressed up in full garb as Princess Peach in the same day. One of those places is the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX), which is a series of gaming festivals held in Seattle, Washington and Boston, Massachusetts. It's a place to celebrate game culture, to let loose and participate in LAN parties and game tournaments, and if you're brave enough, to dress up as your favorite game character.
Cosplay (costume play) is all about having fun, and the guys and gals at PAX do it in spades (and tights and makeup and everything else). If you weren't able to attend the event this past weekend, don't worry, we rounded up a collection of 20 of the wildest, goofiest, and downright craziest costumes to grace PAX Prime 2012. Fair warning, however -- some things you simply can't un-see (don't worry, it's all safe for work), but then again, that's all part of the fun. Enjoy the geek gallery, and be sure to tell us which costume is your favorite!
PC users must be optimists. Sure, we flame and troll and gripe about every little thing, but how on earth can you explain the fact that so many of us don't back up our data, other than raw, bordering-on-delusional optimism? Your hard drive is safe right now, of course, but what are the odds that it will get damaged, corrupted, power-surged, hacked, stolen, flooded, burned or earthquake-d in the next year? We'll answer that one for you: too high to ignore.
So if you've managed to go this long without implementing a good backup system, read on. We've put together a quick primer on the 6 forms of data backup available to you. Pick two, spend 30 minutes setting them up, and you'll never have to worry about your data again.
When Nvidia launched its new Kepler architecture earlier this year with the GTX 680, the question on everyone’s minds was what features Nvidia would sacrifice in future cards to hit lower price points. With the arrival of the $299 (base price) GTX 660 Ti we have our answer, and thankfully that answer is "not much!" This card is very close to the blazing-fast GTX 670 (itself a slightly stripped down version of the GK104 GPU from the GTX 680) both in terms of specs and performance. It has the same number of Cuda cores (1,344), texture units (112), and SMX’s (7) as the GTX 670. The only real differences between the GTX 660 Ti and its beefier cousin the GTX 670 are the ROPs (the 660 Ti has 24 to the 670’s 32), the L2 cache (384KB versus 512KB), and the memory bandwidth (192-bit versus 256-bit).
We’ve collected cards from Gigabyte, EVGA and MSI that offer a range of clock speeds, cooling shrouds and price points to see how this new card fares in the heat of battle. Hit "Read More," to, well. Read more.
Once every four years, there’s a chance for the best of the best to compete for international acclaim and recognition. The competitors, who have spent their lives training for this moment, come prepared to put it all on the line.
That’s right, it’s the 2012 PC Building Olympics, held right here in the Maximum PC lab. This year we’ve put together a list of our 6 favorite events from the games—let us know if we missed your favorite.
With today's ever-changing job scene, chances are you will end up moving from one company to another at some point. Turning in your work PC will be an inevitable part of the process, but irresponsibly doing so may jeopardize your personal security, leave you ill-prepared for your new job, and unknowingly burn bridges. Here are five essential tips to avoid these pitfalls.
We may have been down in San Diego helpin' our parent company at the Future / Hyundai Undead booth, but we still found time to shoot some pictures of the weird, the wacky, the far-out, and the excellent among the costumes we saw on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Harley Quinns and Jake and Finns were some of the most common themes this year, but we also saw plenty of Chells, Leias, steampunks, Catwomen, Riddlers, and, well, odder things.