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Watch_Dogs Review

Minus three points for Ubisoft’s Watch_Dogs due to the game’s developerss lapping an underscore right in the middle of its name, much to the annoyance of magazine editors worldwide. Minus two more points for Ubisoft’s online service, Uplay, being a complete pain to work with. Finally, minus all the points for Watch Dogs (insert your own underscore if you like, we’re done with it) being a bit of a letdown, squelching the high hopes we’d carried for this seemingly innovative title ever since its big reveal at E3 in 2012.

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Toshiba Chromebook 13 Review

Toshiba has a unique way to market the Chromebook 13. As its name implies, it’s the “first” 13-inch Chromebook. That doesn’t actually mean it’s the biggest, though—HP’s 14-incher takes that prize. But when you’re the latest PC maker to jump aboard the Chrome OS train, you gotta do what you can to stand out.

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OCZ RevoDrive 350 Review

The world of solid-state drives has reached a state of limbo. We’re pretty much at the limit of current SATA technology, and SATA Express will be more of an evolution than a revolution. If you really need some extra horsepower, where do you turn? The new M.2 slot promises up to 40 percent faster speeds than SATA, but we haven’t seen anywhere near that yet. They’re on the right track though, since the PCI Express bus they use has a lot of spare bandwidth, if it’s not fully occupied with a video card. OCZ has known this for some time, as its new RevoDrive 350 is the latest entry to a long-running line of PCIe-based SSDs. OCZ’s new drive offers speeds of up to 1,800MB/s, which is three to four times faster than a SATA-based SSD.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review

When the original Surface Pro launched, no one quite knew how to classify the hybrid. Was it a tablet that was trying to be a laptop? A laptop trying to be a tablet?

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Falcon Northwest Tiki Z Review

If you want proof that micro-towers are getting to the point where they can threaten full-tilt-boogie gaming rigs, it’s right here in front of your face with Falcon Northwest’s Tiki Z.

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The Elder Scrolls Online Review

Reviewing a massively multiplayer online game is a bit like trying to hit a moving target. By the time you read the words on this page, it’s possible that dramatic changes will have hit the subject of our critique, The Elder Scrolls Online by ZeniMax Online Studios.

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I am new to “higher-end” PC gaming and I have a couple of questions. How do I tell what graphics card I have? I have thrown the box away and the only thing I can see on the card is “Direct CUII.” The DirectX diagnostic tool, Windows system devices, and AMD Catalyst screens all just say, “AMD Radeon R9 200 series” and not the actual model I have. I don’t know if it’s an R9 270 or a 290. Second, I currently game on a PS3 on a 42-inch HDTV. What PC games can you recommend that will really showcase the fact that the PC has better graphics than the PS3 and PS4?

Note: This article was originally featured in the September 2014 issue of the magazine. 

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The DirectX Evolution

They said it was dead. They said it would never return. They were wrong. DirectX 12 is coming, and Nvidia thinks it could be something rather special.