Maingear calls its Shift Super Stock Z87 the Mean Green Machine and it’s hard not to agree with that moniker.
Is there any other way to describe a gaming rig with not one GeForce GTX Titan, or even two—but freakin’ three of them? Yes, three of the world’s fastest single-GPU cards all singing harmoniously together against the tyranny of slow frame rates.
Note: This review was originally featured in the August 2013 issue of the magazine.
Mouse problems emerge as a result of Windows 8.1 upgrade
Gamers who went ahead and snagged the upgrade to Windows 8.1 may be rethinking their decision right about now, as many are experiencing mouse problems during games. Microsoft has acknowledged the issues as a known problem this week after users began pouring in with reported issues on their tech support forums.
Lower cost tablets seem to be eating away at traditional PC sales. According to market research firm Gartner, combined desktop and notebook PC shipments are on pace to reach 303 million units in 2013, representing an 11.2 percent decline from 2012. If you throw ultramobiles into the mix, the outlook is a little better, though still in a downward swing to the tune of an 8.4 percent decline in shipments.
PC gamers sometimes have a love/hate relationship with Rockstar Games. A recent example is the release of Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. PC gamers will inevitably love the title once it's ported over to the superior gaming platform, especially if Rockstar Games takes advantage of the hardware that's out there, but at the same time, they hate having to wait. And wait, and wait, and wait. Hopefully, the wait will soon be over.
Oh Rockstar Games, why must you tease PC gamers by forcing them to watch their console brethren play Grand Theft Auto V on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the only two platforms it's currently available for? It's not being cocky to point out that today's PC hardware is leaps and bounds more advanced than what the Xbox 360 and PS3 are toting, so why not match the brilliant open world of GTA V with the awesome hardware that's out there? Well, history tells us that Rockstar Games will eventually do exactly that, and according to Intel, it probably won't be long.
Horror gaming on any platform is addictive once you've endured your first fright. You always come back for more. You become a slave to the adrenaline rush, or if you're like us, the macabre visuals and otherworldly ambiance. But it's tough to weed out what's worth your time from the Slenders and the Flash abominations out there.
192GB of RAM in a system, Bay Trail, and Haswell-E—Oh my!
We’ll admit it, it was damned hard to find desktop and enthusiast-related hardware at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum 2013. We almost wondered if the old desktop PC was like the Intel’s crazy aunt living in the basement. Fortunately, the desktop PC and PC enthusiasm was alive at well at IDF—if you looked hard enough.
Click through our photo gallery for the most important PC news from IDF and—gasp!—proof that Haswell-E on desktop lives!
We’ve always said that building on a budget takes far more skill and savvy than building without financial constraints. Every single component choice has to be carefully weighed for its potential benefits and drawbacks. As if that weren’t enough, budget builders have to decide between three prospective platforms: Intel’s LGA1155, and AMD’s AM3+ and FM2. With so many permutations possible, and so much room for error, a cash-strapped builder’s got to wonder which thrifty path offers the best all-around performance. We can think of no better way to answer this important question than with a down-and-dirty DIY dust-up.
Note: This review was originally featured in the June 2013 issue of the magazine.
Windows 8 helped sparked a generation of unique PC designs, the newest of which is Sony's Vaio Flip, one of several new Vaio units the company announced today. The Vaio Flip PC is a conventional notebook that "flips" into a tablet PC. That's been done before -- Lenovo's Yoga and Dell's XPS 12 immediately come to mind -- but the Flip also boasts a viewer mode that the others don't.