I'm back again with another video, since being on camera has made me drunk with power. This time, we're showing off Zotac's shiny AMP! Extreme Editon of the GTX 970, with boosted clock speeds, big cooling, and even a carbon fiber-esque backplate. This card uses Nvidia's new "Maxwell" architecture, which improves power efficiency and performance, in addition to adding features like Voxel Global Illumination and Multi-Frame Sampled Anti-Aliasing. You can read all about that in our review of the GTX 980, which is the 970's big brother (as its numbering probably indicated).
We got Acer's XB280HK monitor in, which is the company's 28-inch 4K G-Sync unit. For now, it's the only 4K G-Sync unit that you can buy. G-Sync is a technology from Nvidia that sycronizes your monitor's refresh rate with your video card's refresh rate, which eliminates screen tearing (but it's not compatible with all GeForce cards). 4K resolution, at 3840x2160, is four times as many pixels as 1920x1080, so it needs a lot of horsepower to play a game. We tested the monitor on one of our GeForce GTX 980 video cards running Batman: Arkham Origins, a game that's optimized for Nvidia graphics. Your guide in the Youtube video is Tom McNamara, our Technical Editor.
One of the best parts of this job is getting to play with hardware we can’t afford. For this video, Gordon walks you through Maingear’s Epic Force which is a tour de force of beautiful plumbing even Mario would be proud of. The machine, delivered to us before Intel’s epic Core i7-5960X “Haswell-E” is built on an overclocked Core i7-4790K “Devil’s Canyon” chip and packs a pair of water cooled Radeon R9 295 X2 graphics cards.
Intrepid Editor Tom McNamara and PC Gamer Managing Editor Cory Banks descended upon Civilization: Beyond Earth recently, getting our grubby hands on it ahead of its October 24th release, and our coverage was but words and pictures. We now have a full-blown video that slices together six minutes of direct-feed video, during which you will hear Tom and Corey go over their experience in a charmingly off-the-cuff manner that you are sure to enjoy and recommend frequently to your friends and neighbors.
Small form factor PCs are sexy, especially when you’ve got sexy specs like Falcon Northwest’s Tiki Z. In the video below, Gordon walks you through the Tiki Z’s components which include Nvidia’s Titan Z. That’s right, you’ve essentially got two Titan Blacks crammed into a PC the size of a console. If that weren’t enough, it also has a 600-watt PSU, 4TB HDD, 2 SSDs in RAID 0, an overclocked Devil’s Canyon CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a Blu-ray burner.
Intel’s Broadwell, Comic Con, Samsung 840 EVO, and EA’s digital revenue, your questions, our picks, and Gordon’s rant.
It’s podcast time again, and this time for podcast 208 around we start off discussing Intel’s Broadwell CPUs, then Jimmy tells us all about his Comic-Con experience and we discuss the best vehicle for the zombie apocalypse. Julian then chats about EA’s digital revenue surpassing retail, and Josh talks about Samsung’s new 840 EVO 1TB SSD. We then handled a bunch of reader questions, and finished up with Gordon’s rant of the week about — surprise, surprise, Google Maps!
See Maximum PC Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang try and run from zombies!
Maximum PC Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang had the chance to check out San Diego Comic Con 2013's The Walking Dead Escape with a head-mounted Go Pro camera. Taking place inside Petco Park, the goal is simple: Don't get attacked by zombies!
Now that we have a fifth microphone and a video camera, everybody's in the pool. That's 20% more Maximum PC, at no additional charge! (Shipping and handling fees may apply.) You can watch us interrupt each other on our official Youtube channel, which also has videos of our previous video podcasts, and an assortment of other free amusements to upgrade your Monday to a Funday!