Remember when AMD was widely criticized for acquiring ATI for a reported $5.4 billion back in 2006? It turned out to be a wise investment in an area (GPUs) where AMD has been able to vie for the performance crown. Right now it's Nvidia's GeForce GTX 780 that sits in the spotlight, but coming soon is AMD's Radeon HD 9970 graphics card with a brand new architecture and some impressive specs that have been leaked to the web.
Way back in January of this year, D-Link unveiled a cylinder shaped "Gaming Router" featuring Qualcomm StreamBoost technology (DGL-5500) with the promise of shipping it sometime in the spring. We're now heading towards the end of summer and are happy to report that if you've been patiently awaiting the retail release of this 802.11ac router, it's now available direct from D-Link and several other online retailers.
It seems the whole world is going crazy over Ultrabooks and ultrathins, but until Intel or AMD figure out a way to cram a pair of high-end GPUs into a form factor that's about the width of a pancake, there will still be a market for oversized gaming laptops built like a cinder block. Witness CyberPowerPC's Fang Taipan M2 gaming laptop (Clevo P375SM), a 17.3-inch machine that's capable of delivering a desktop-like computing experience.
Razer isn't the least bit bashful to point out that its Naga mouse is the best selling MMO gaming rodent of all time, but rather than rest on its laurels, the peripheral maker decided to the tweak the design. The newest version of the Naga mouse now sports mechanical switches for increased tactility, speed, and actuation assurance, while each button on the thumb grid stands out more pronounced than previous generation models to allow for blind-finding, Razer says.
Microsoft kind of stumbled out of the gate when it announced its upcoming Xbox One console. Early excitement over a next generation console was marred by a higher price tag (compared to the PlayStation 4, though the Xbox One ships with a second generation Kinect motion control sensor), uncertainty over its used games policy, and the need to dial home every 24 hours. It took a few policy changes to get its console back on track with John Q. Public, and the latest announcement that it will come with unlimited cloud storage is sure to be a boon, as well.
Saints Row IV is getting another new special edition, and it's even grander than before. The Game of the Generation Edition is a collector's item to covet if you're a fan of the franchise's distinctive style, and it's packing a few extra features for Saints Row enthusiasts to drool over. Check out the specifics and a larger image of the goods inside!
Poked your head into Microsoft's "Extreme Windows Blog" lately? You should, but be warned, what you'll find is extremely graphic. By that we mean Microsoft is pushing graphics technology to the brink of awesome by configuring three Sharp 4K Ultra HD displays in an Eyefinity setup. That translates into a 12K setup pushing 1.5 billion pixels per second, which is nothing short of mind numbing.
Build, destroy, and wreak havoc with Day 10 of sale
The Steam sale is drawing close to an end, but there are still plenty of deals in sight. Today, we've got Prison Architect for $19.79 (normally $29.99), Assassin's Creed 3 for $23.99 (normally $39.99), and Saints Row: The Third for $4.99(normally $19.99).
The latest news, our picks, your questions, and Gordan's rant!
This time around it was a full podcast room as we tackled the latest industry developments, including the future of our very own magazine. First up Deputy editor Gordon Mah Ung kicked off a discussion on AMD's 5GHz CPU and its position in the enthusiast market, then Editor in Chief Katherine Stevenson dished on the rumors surrounding the Microsoft Surface refresh, and finally Associate Editor Tom McNamara opined on the state of the PC industry. We closed Edpisode #207 of the Maximum PC Podcast with some tablet talk, tons of reader questions, our editors' picks, and Gordon's signature rant.