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.
New York-based Verizon user finds Netflix to be nearly 10x faster with a VPN than without it
Netflix and Verizon are now locked in a blame game over the sluggish performance of the former’s video streaming service on the latter’s network. This despite Netflix (grudgingly) agreeing to pay Verizon to ensure the smooth delivery of its streaming video content to the ISP’s subscribers. Regardless of who’s to blame, it’s paying customers of both companies who are being made to suffer for no fault of theirs. One such end user caught in the crossfire, New York-based entrepreneur Colin Nederkoorn, posted a video exposing the severity of the issue. The video has since gone viral, having amassed over 400,000 views on YouTube.
Check out footage of this cool, revolutionary chassis
In this video, Gordon walks you through Origin PC’s Genesis. The Genesis features the company’s custom designed and modular chassis that lets the builder add a bottom slice with additional radiators or hard drives as well as the capability to mount the motherboard tray in four orientations including reversing the tray and window. It’s truly a unique and dare we say it—revolutionary approach to case design. And yes, just like custom systems from other vendors, you can get the case—you just have to buy entire system and gut the parts. The case isn’t quite perfect though so Gordon walks you through what works and what doesn't. And no, despite what Gordon seems to imply, you can’t actually change the orientation of the motherboard willy nilly. That’s done when you order the machine and when it’s being built.
Here's something a little bit different -- Intel is planning to give away a whole bunch of prizes as it seeks to discover the very best streamers on Twitch. It's part of a collaboration with GoodGame Agency (of Team Evil Genius fame) to offer the gaming community a reality web series dubbed "Intel's Next Top Live-Streamer." Contestants will compete to become an official member of the Intel Stream Team.
Razer's cutting it up at E3 with plenty of product announcements
You would expect a gaming peripheral maker like Razer to be hyper active during this time of year, and you'd be right. Razer announced a handful of new products during E3, including a new PC case design licensing program and the Nabu Smart Band, which is now shipping to developers. Maximum PC Online Editor Jimmy Thang met up with Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan to talk about these products and more.
The third time might just be the charm for Microsoft's laptop/tablet hybrid
A bigger/sharper screen, the option for beefier specs, and an improved keyboard cover herald Microsoft's new Surface Pro 3. With the new Surface, the Redmond-based company has both tablets and laptops (specifically, the Macbook Air) in their sights.
We compare the game’s low, medium, and high settings with comparison pictures and video
Welcome to Maximum PC's new "graphical analysis" feature where we do a deep dive analysis on a video game's graphics options comparing its low, medium, and high settings along with any other graphical bells and whistles it may offer. In this on-going feature we will provide picture and video comparisons to the PC's biggest games. We know you’re probably either equipped with a bad-ass rig or on the cusp on upgrading so we wanted to give you a visual glimpse of what your system/future system might be able to handle playing certain titles.
For our inaugural story, we decided to go with the recently-released Dark Souls 2.
Sequels aren't easy to make, but Digital Storm has just uped the ante with its second revision of the Bolt micro tower. The Bolt II takes a big step forward with the addition of a closed-loop liquid cooler to reduce noise and to allow for a healthy overclock. In the video below, Gordon Mah Ung kicks the tires and gives you the details of the micro tower monster.
If you think a keyboard needs to have macros and flashy lights to look good, think again. We recently got hands on withFeenix's Autore mechanical keyboard in our second product unboxing video and we were quite satisfied with the build quality and overall construction. It's so heavy that we would consider it as our weapon of choice during the zombie apocolypse, and it looks pretty sweet, too.