Gaming http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/178/ en D-Link DGL-5500 Review http://www.maximumpc.com/d-link_dgl-5500_review <!--paging_filter--><h3>A router built specifically for gamers</h3> <p>When it comes to PC parts and accessories, all roads eventually lead to gamers. Intel and AMD both sell unlocked processors so gamers can more easily overclock their rigs for a few extra frames per second; pro gamer Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel has endorsed everything from motherboards to power supplies; there’s gaming RAM; and of course, a whole assortment of accessories designed to give you an edge when smoking your friends on the virtual battlefield. Up until now, one of the few items missing from the list was an 802.11ac wireless router.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/dgl-5500_front_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/dgl-5500_front_small.jpg" alt="The new Mac Pro stole its design from this router—true story. " title="D-Link DGL-5500" width="583" height="1200" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The new Mac Pro stole its design from this router—true story. </strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/dgl-5500_back_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/dgl-5500_back_small.jpg" title="D-Link DGL-5500" width="584" height="1200" /></a></p> <p>D-Link gets credit for tying up that loose end with the DGL-5500, a dual-band AC1300 wireless router built specifically for gamers. What makes the DGL-5500 different from all the other 802.11ac models, including D-Link’s own DIR-868L (reviewed in our February issue), is the inclusion of Qualcomm’s StreamBoost technology.</p> <p>Whereas the majority of modern routers rely on simple quality of service (QoS) rules to prioritize network packets, StreamBoost examines what applications are running and how much actual bandwidth each one needs. It also manages latency because a laggy gamer is a dead gamer. The question is, does it work as advertised?</p> <p>For the most part, StreamBoost lives up to the hype. We consistently saw lower pings in online games when connected to the DGL-5500 versus our zero-point router, the Asus RT-AC66U. External factors beyond our control also affect ping, so it’s hard to offer an apples-to-apples comparison, but to give one example, our ping averaged around 42ms in Battlefield 4 when using Asus’s router. When switching to D-Link’s model and turning on StreamBoost, our pings hovered around 19ms. After firing up Netflix on a second PC and initiating file downloads on two other systems, the ping stayed around 22–24ms—that’s impressive.</p> <p>In our evaluation of D-Link’s DIR-868L, we said the fugly web-based interface could use a major overhaul, and that’s what we got with the DGL-5500. It’s much better looking than before and far less complicated to navigate, though it’s also painfully slow when switching between menus. The UI is also heavily biased toward StreamBoost—if you disable the feature, you lose access to the My Network map, which provides a graphical view of all active devices and how much bandwidth each one is consuming.</p> <p>The DGL-5500 outpaced our zero point router in 802.11n mode on the 2.4GHz band in our three indoor tests. It also did better at picking out uncluttered channels on its own—we use inSSIDer ($20, www.inssider.com) to identify the best channel(s) for testing. However, the RT-AC66U boasts better range and faster transfers in 802.11ac mode on the 5GHz band. It’s worth pointing out the DGL-5500 lacks beamforming, which concentrates the wireless signal at connected devices for longer range and better speeds.</p> <p>There are other shortcomings, as well—you can’t configure Guest networks, the single USB 2.0 port doesn’t support printer sharing, and the combined speed of both channels is capped at AC1300 rather than AC1750 as it is with D-Link’s DIR-868L. While StreamBoost is a step forward, the router is a step backward in other areas. Note to D-Link: Gamers care about this stuff, too.</p> <p><strong>$140 [street],</strong> <a href="http://www.d-link.com/">www.d-link.com</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/d-link_dgl-5500_review#comments ac wireless april issues 2014 Gaming Hardware hd media router 2000 Review Reviews Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:22:18 +0000 Paul Lilly 28097 at http://www.maximumpc.com Watch Dogs Graphical Analysis: Stock vs Worse Mod Take 2 http://www.maximumpc.com/watch_dogs_graphical_analysis_stock_vs_worse_mod_take_2_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;"><img src="/files/u162579/vlc_2014-07-25_12-43-11-76.jpg" alt="Watch Dogs Featured" title="Watch Dogs Featured" width="250" height="141" style="float: right;" />We compare stock Watch Dogs against Worse Mod 1.0</span></h3> <p>Our <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/watch_dogs_graphical_analysis_stock_vs_mod_02014" target="_blank">last attempt</a> at comparing the stock graphics of <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/watch_dogs" target="_blank">Watch Dogs</a> received some fair criticism. Coupling SweetFX and TheWorse Mod led to noticeably darker graphics that threw off our results. You all spoke, and we listened. Here's our second take on the Worse Mod which is now in its final incarnation: <a href="http://www.guru3d.com/files-details/watch-dogs-theworse-mod-8-download.html" target="_blank">version 1.0</a>.</p> <p>First, a bit of background. Gamers were <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/ubisoft_gives_reason_disabled_settings_pc_version_watch_dogs_2014" target="_blank">understandbly upset</a> when Watch Dogs launched in May with <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/watch_dogs_launch_dampened_uplay_server_issues_2014" target="_blank">Uplay issues</a>, <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/ubisoft_working_patch_tame_watch_dog_issues_pc_2014" target="_blank">lackluster performance</a>, and graphics that simply didn't match up to the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPYgXvgS6Ww" target="_blank">versions demoed and displayed at E3</a>.</p> <p>TheWorse, MaLDo, and VAAS stepped in to create TheWorse Mod. Working off of some initial modding work by kadzait24, the team set out to add the stunning ‘E3 effects’ back into the game while also including extra visual flair and improvements. We’ve done the testing, but we’ll let you, the readers, be the judge.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/iaNKfTMgkFc" width="600" height="338" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">Testing Methodology</span></h3> <p>We’ve redone our testing of Watch Dogs with comparable scenes rendered in the bone-stock version of the game as well as a modded version with TheWorse Mod (with Maldo textures) installed. We’ve passed up SweetFX this time around to ensure that gamma isn’t an issue.</p> <p>Our capture rig is a bit less powerful this time around with an AMD FX-6300 processor alongside an AMD R9 280X and 8GB of RAM. It’s still capable of running the game at close to 30 FPS on maxed out settings with and without the mod, however.&nbsp;</p> <p>In-game graphics settings are exactly the same as last time. Check out the specific settings below:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u162579/watch_dogs_2014-07-24_15-06-17-06.jpg" alt="Watch Dogs Settings" title="Watch Dogs Settings" width="600" height="338" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u162579/watch_dogs_2014-07-24_15-06-38-19.jpg" alt="Watch Dogs Settings" title="Watch Dogs Settings" width="600" height="338" /></p> <h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">Breaking Down the Video</span></h3> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/AWFlQnc.gif" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u162579/vlc_2014-07-25_12-39-51-82.jpg" alt="Watch Dogs" title="Watch Dogs Graphical Analysis: Stock vs Worse Mod Take 2" width="600" /></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Aiden stands in an alleyway outside of a house (click the image for a comparison GIF).&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;">This scene showcases the immense difference in ambiance between stock Watch Dogs and the modded version. The splitscreen effect works great here because the difference in coloring is immediately obvious. Everything is shaded in a more stylized hue that covers up the game’s unseemly bits while accentuating the beautiful shadows, lighting, and character models.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/bvhsMfa.gif" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u162579/vlc_2014-07-25_12-41-44-57.jpg" alt="Watch Dogs" title="Watch Dogs Graphical Analysis: Stock vs Worse Mod Take 2" width="600" /></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>This safehouse shot features very little movement aside from a shifting skyline (click the image for an animated GIF).</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;">What’s great about this area is that it demonstrates that TheWorseMod isn’t simply a basic color filter added onto the game. In some areas, the world has a khaki hue that makes the world feel dirty and dusty. In this scene, all of the colors are more muted and mellow with the blue sky unblemished. There’s not really a noticeable improvement in this screen, but that’s because TheWorseMod really works best with movement. The effects of the mod are best demonstrated in-game or through video.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><img src="/files/u162579/vlc_2014-07-25_12-42-05-43.jpg" alt="Watch Dogs" title="Watch Dogs Graphical Analysis: Stock vs Worse Mod Take 2" width="600" height="338" /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><strong>Cars pass by on a random street in Chicago.</strong></span></p> <p>Watch Dogs looks good, but it falls short of greatness in its stock incarnation. Everything looks a bit too plain and normal. This isn't even close to the stunning scenes we were treated to by the game’s E3 trailers.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><img src="/files/u162579/vlc_2014-07-25_12-42-18-67.jpg" alt="Watch Dogs" title="Watch Dogs Graphical Analysis: Stock vs Worse Mod Take 2" width="600" height="338" /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><strong>Aiden stands on a sidewalk as people hurry past.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">This particular segment looks best in-game or in the video because of the swaying trees and the numerous pedestrians. There’s a clear colorcast that makes the world come alive along with some great-looking grass and a well-worn sidewalk. &nbsp;The way the light filters through the scene and casts shadows makes this look a hell of a lot more like what we expected it to.&nbsp;</span></p> <h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">Conclusion</span></h3> <p>We’re in love with TheWorse Mod. It does a great job of making Watch Dogs feel more cinematic. The game’s stock graphics look stark, plain, and fairly artificial whereas the modded graphics make the game look more mystical, interesting, and in a way, more believable. A lot of the beauty of TheWorse Mod comes from artistic manipulation of depth of field and fog. In fact, we found that in some areas, these effects in particular were applied a bit too liberally and detracted from visibility. Minor quibbles aside, the mod is a much needed facelift for an otherwise good game.&nbsp;</p> <p>As for performance, frame rates with or without the mod were nearly indistinguishable. Some users report better performance on some machines without the added texture pack, but your mileage may vary.</p> <p>That’s our take, what do you think? Does TheWorse Mod make the game look more like it does in the game’s E3 trailers?</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/watch_dogs_graphical_analysis_stock_vs_worse_mod_take_2_2014#comments Gaming graphics analysis mod pc version stock watch dogs worse mod Features Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:10:01 +0000 Ben Kim 28240 at http://www.maximumpc.com Logitech’s G402 Hyperion Fury is the Speedy Gonzalez of Gaming Mice http://www.maximumpc.com/logitech%E2%80%99s_g402_hyperion_fury_speedy_gonzalez_gaming_mice_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/logitech_g402.jpg" alt="Logitech G402" title="Logitech G402" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Billed as "the fastest gaming mouse, bar none."</h3> <p><strong>Logitech added the G402 Hyperion Fury Ultra-Fast FPS Gaming Mouse</strong> to its stable of mice today, though unlike any other previous mechanical rodent, this is supposed to be the fastest mouse on the planet (sorry, Speedy Gonzalez). The heart and soul of the G402 is Logitech's exclusive Fusion Engine, which combines a sophisticated optical sensor with the company's Delta Zero sensor technology to enable reliable tracking in excess of 500 inches per second.</p> <p>"We took on the challenge of creating the world’s fastest mouse in service of FPS gamers, and after three years of intensive R&amp;D we are proud to launch a mouse that only Logitech could develop," <a href="http://news.logitech.com/press-release/consumer-products/logitech-g-unveils-worlds-fastest-gaming-mouse" target="_blank">said Ehtisham Rabbani</a>, general manager of the Logitech gaming business. "The Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury is the fastest gaming mouse, bar none, and the best mouse for high-speed FPS gameplay. Its lightweight design, combined with the precision and capability of the Fusion Engine, lets you make fast, furious swipes and dominate the battlefield, proving once again that Science Wins!"</p> <p>According to Logitech, a common complaint among gamers is that their mice can't track as fast as they move. With the above mentioned sensor technologies, along with an accelerometer and gyroscope, the G402 supposedly solves that problem.</p> <p>Other features of the G402 include 8 programmable buttons, on-the-fly DPI switching via four pre-configured settings between 250 DPI and 4,000 DPI, 1ms report rate to eliminate lag, and a 32-bit ARM processor to both power the above mentioned technologies and to allow you to save macros.</p> <p>The <a href="http://gaming.logitech.com/en-us/product/g402-hyperion-fury-fps-gaming-mouse?wt.ac=HP-CTA-g402" target="_blank">Logitech G402 is available to pre-order</a> now for $60 and will begin shipping in August.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/vEJ5U-RzdRY" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/logitech%E2%80%99s_g402_hyperion_fury_speedy_gonzalez_gaming_mice_2014#comments g402 hyperion fury Gaming Hardware logitech mouse Peripherals News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:25:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 28265 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia GeForce 340.52 WHQL Drivers Sit Just a Few Clicks Away http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_geforce_34052_whql_drivers_sit_just_few_clicks_away <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/geforce_1.jpg" alt="GeForce" title="GeForce" width="228" height="198" style="float: right;" />Latest GeForce drivers add a bunch of SLI profiles</h3> <p>Attention GeForce graphics card owners -- <strong>you can now download new GeForce 340.52 WHQL drivers</strong> from Nvidia's website, or update automatically through GeForce Experience. Either way, new drivers are available, and with them, you can take advantage of GameStream technology to stream PC games to the new Shield tablet, which launches today to e-tailers and retailers, Nvidia says.</p> <p>That's really the big reason for the new drivers, though if you're running multiple GPUs in SLI, you'll potentially benefit from a number of SLI profiles that have been added. Specific to the 340.52 release are profiles for Battlefield: Hardline, Dark Souls II, 3DMark SkyDriver Subtest, Divinity: Original Sin, Elder Scrolls Online, GRID Autosport, LuDaShi Benchmark, and WildStar.</p> <p>There are also some new 3D Vision profiles for stereoscopic 3D gamers. They include Banished, BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea, and Krater.</p> <p>You can out more in the <a href="http://us.download.nvidia.com/Windows/340.52/340.52-win8-win7-winvista-desktop-release-notes.pdf" target="_blank">Release Notes (PDF)</a> and can download the new drivers <a href="http://www.geforce.com/drivers" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_geforce_34052_whql_drivers_sit_just_few_clicks_away#comments Drivers Gaming geforce 340.52 nvidia Software News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:01:52 +0000 Paul Lilly 28262 at http://www.maximumpc.com TteSports Introduces 'Challenger Go' Membrane Gaming Keyboard with 40 Programmable Macros http://www.maximumpc.com/ttesports_introduces_challenger_go_membrane_gaming_keyboard_40_programmable_macros_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/challenger_go.jpg" alt="TteSports Challenger Go" title="TteSports Challenger Go" width="228" height="162" style="float: right;" />A gaming plank with purposely chosen membrane key switches</h3> <p>Most high end gaming keyboards these days feature mechanical key switches, of which there are a variety of types to suit different typing styles and preferences. However, <strong>TteSports said it specifically wanted to stick with membrane key switches for its new Challenger Go</strong>, which is the company's latest keyboard for gamers. According to TteSports, the membrane switches offer a "very short travel distance to actuation on each key" for an extremely fast response.</p> <p>The Challenger Go is outfitted with 10 dedicated macro keys, 5 on each side, along with 4 profiles for a total of 40 programmable macros. It also features LED backlighting and two side panel lighting accents, all of which are adjustable with 5 brightness levels and a pulse lighting effect, <a href="http://www.ttesports.com/newsdetail.aspx?s=9171" target="_blank">TteSports says</a>.</p> <p>A removable cable and two-port USB hub round out the list of features. If it all adds up to something you might be interested in, set aside $60 (MSRP) and hang tight until next month when TteSports rolls the <a href="http://www.ttesports.com/Keyboard/150/CHALLENGER_GO/productPage.htm?a=a&amp;g=ftr#.U9aBp_ldV8E" target="_blank">Challenger Go</a> out globally.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/ttesports_introduces_challenger_go_membrane_gaming_keyboard_40_programmable_macros_2014#comments challenger go Gaming Hardware keyboard Peripherals ttesports News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:15:03 +0000 Paul Lilly 28254 at http://www.maximumpc.com No BS Podcast #229: Nvidia Responds to AMD's Allegations (and Shows off Shield Tablet) http://www.maximumpc.com/no_bs_podcast_229_nvidia_responds_amds_allegations_and_shows_shield_tablet <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u160416/gameworks.jpg" width="339" height="104" class="img-float-right" /></h3> <h3>Nvidia defends themselves against AMD's cheating allegations</h3> <p>A few weeks back in <a title="Maximum PC No BS Podcast #226" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/no_bs_podcast_226_-depth_interview_amd_graphics_guru_richard_huddy">the Maximum PC No BS Podcast #226</a>, AMD's newly arrived Gaming Scientist Richard Huddy made some bold accusations about Nvidia's developer relations, such as accusing the company of handing out "black box" files designed to make Radeon cards look bad, and using sketchy contract clauses.&nbsp;Nvidia's Distinguished Engineer Tom Petersen and Senior Director of Engineering Rev Lebaradian&nbsp;came on to <a title="no bs podcast 229" href="http://dl.maximumpc.com/maxpc_229_20140724.mp3 " target="_blank">podcast 229</a> to tell Nvidia's side of the story (<strong>Spoilers:</strong>&nbsp;They deny the cheating allegations). 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It's also notable for its 3K In-Plane Switching (IPS) wide-view display.</p> <p>That translates into a 2880x1620 resolution. You can also output to two additional external displays at the same time using HDMI 1.4 and mini DisplayPort 1.2 ports, with support for viewing up to 4K (3840x2160).</p> <p>The Pulse 15 measures 15.25 inches (W) by 10.5 inches (D) by 0.75 inches (H) and weighs just 3.75 pounds. Despite it's thin and light stature, it packs some powerful parts, including an Intel Core i7 4710HQ processor, 16GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M graphics, and up to 1TB HDD and two 256GB mSATA SSDs in RAID 0.</p> <p>It also features a 7-in-1 media card reader, four USB 3.0 ports, a single HDMI output, two mini DisplayPorts, Killer E2200 LAN, Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Sound Blaster Cinema with 2.1 speaker setup, and Windows 8.</p> <p>The Maingear Pulse 15 is <a href="http://www.maingear.com/custom/notebooks/pulse15/index.php" target="_blank">available now</a> starting at $2,199.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/maingear_packs_3k_display_15-inch_pulse_15_gaming_laptop#comments 3k Gaming Hardware laptop maingear notebook OEM pulse 15 rigs News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:31:18 +0000 Paul Lilly 28221 at http://www.maximumpc.com Bragging Rights: PC Gaming Market Maintains Sales Lead Over Consoles http://www.maximumpc.com/bragging_rights_pc_gaming_market_maintains_sales_lead_over_consoles_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/dream_machine_2013.jpg" alt="Dream Machine 2013" title="Dream Machine 2013" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />PC gaming hardware is a $21.5 billion market</h3> <p>At the end of the day, we realize it doesn't matter if you get your gaming fix on a PC, console, tablet, or whatever -- we'll fist bump any gamer, regardless of platform. That said, we're of course partial to PC gaming ourselves, and as it turns out, our platform of choice is still the dominant one. According to Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the <strong>PC gaming hardware market is more than twice as large as the console gaming hardware market</strong>.</p> <p>JPR defines PC gaming hardware as personal computers, upgrades, and peripherals used for gaming. With that mind, the PC gaming hardware market stands at $21.5 billion, which is big enough to lap the console gaming hardware market, and then some.</p> <p>"We continue to see a shift in casual console customers moving to mobile. While this is also occurring in the lower end PC gaming world, more money is being directed to mid and high range PC builds and upgrades by gamers," <a href="http://gfxspeak.com/2014/07/14/gaming-market-consoles/" target="_blank">says Ted Pollak</a>, Senior Gaming Analyst at JPR. "Committed PC gamers are generally not interested in pure content consumption platforms. They are power users and pay thousands for the ability to play games at very high settings and then do business, video/photo editing, content creation and other tasks with maximum horsepower at their disposal in a desktop ergonomic environment."</p> <p>Moving beyond dollars and cents, the PC platform has an obvious power advantage. If you assemble a machine with an enthusiast grade CPU, high end GPU, SSD, and fast memory, it will "absolutely trounce the computing power and gaming capabilities of the newest console generation," Jon Peddie says. And he's right. While the newest consoles are still pushing pixels at 1080p, high end (and ultra expensive) PC platforms are pushing the envelope at 4K.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/bragging_rights_pc_gaming_market_maintains_sales_lead_over_consoles_2014#comments computer console Gaming Hardware Jon Peddie Research jpr pc News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:40:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28214 at http://www.maximumpc.com No BS Podcast #228: MSI Talks about the Current State and Future of Gaming Notebooks http://www.maximumpc.com/no_bs_podcast_228_msi_talks_about_current_state_and_future_gaming_notebooks <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u154082/msi_gt72_dominator_pro.jpg" alt="MSI gaming notebook" title="MSI gaming notebook" width="150" height="123" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>MSI Product Manager Clifford Chun and Associate Marketing Manager Vincent Chen join the podcast</h3> <p>We’ve heard your cries to bring on more industry experts and so we got some special guests from MSI’s notebook division to talk about the current state and future of gaming laptops. In <a title="no bs podcast 228" href="http://dl.maximumpc.com/maxpc_228_20140717.mp3" target="_blank">episode #228 of the No BS Podcast</a>, the crew is joined by MSI Associate Marketing Manager Vincent Chen and Product Manager Clifford Chun. In the podcast, the two show off some new fancy notebooks for us and discuss numerous topics that include 3K/4K panels on notebooks, why we aren't seeing touch on gaming laptops, laptop modularity, and much more. 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If so, then you owe it to yourself to check out MSI's new GT72 Dominator Pro laptop line. Available in two SKUs, the Dominator Pro is a 17.3-inch laptop that wields an Intel Core i7 4710HQ processor (2.5GHz to 3.4GHz), Nvidia GeForce GTX 880M graphics, and gobs of RAM.</p> <p>More specifically, the GT72 Dominator Pro-010 sports 24GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM, along with two 128GB SSDs in a RAID 0 array flanked by a 1TB hard drive (7200 RPM), Blu-ray burner, Killer E2200 Game Networking, Killer N1525 Wireless-AC, SD card reader, Dynaudio speakers with subwoofer, half a dozen USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 1.4, two mini DisplayPorts, 1080p webcam, SteelSeries full color backlit keyboard, Windows 8.1, and a 9-cell battery.</p> <p>If that's not enough horsepower, the GT72 Dominator Pro-007 ups the ante with 34GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM and four 128GB SSDs in a RAID 0 array, along with everything included in the 010 model.</p> <p>All of this hardware goodness comes wrapped in a completely redesigned one-piece aluminum chassis that's less than 2 inches thick with customizable lighting effects.</p> <p>Both the GT72 Dominator Pro-010 and GT72 Dominator Pro-007 are available now for $2,600 and $3,000, respectively.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/msi_drops_ram_heavy_gt72_dominator_pro_gaming_laptop_arena_2014#comments Gaming gt72 dominator pro Hardware laptop msi notebook OEM rigs News Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:54:43 +0000 Paul Lilly 28186 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus Announces Semi Passive Strix GeForce GTX 750 Ti OC Graphics Card http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_announces_semi_passive_strix_geforce_gtx_750_ti_oc_graphics_card <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_strix_gtx_750.jpg" alt="Asus Strix GTX 750 Ti OC" title="Asus Strix GTX 750 Ti OC" width="228" height="232" style="float: right;" />Work in peace and quiet before jumping into a game</h3> <p><strong>Asus today unveiled its new Strix GeForce GTX 750 Ti OC graphics card</strong>, and the first time you install it, you might be inclined to think something's wrong when the fans don't start spinning. Don't fret though, that's by design. Using the company's semi-passive Strix technology, the card's fans will sit there motionless and let the rest of the cooler passively chill the card until thermals reach 65C.</p> <p>That means you can work all day long in silence -- unless your case cooling is atrocious, you're unlikely to reach 65C on the GPU by just typing out TPS reports and surfing the web. Once you fire up a demanding game, however, things are likely to heat up in a hurry, and when they do, the fans will kick on to prevent the card from cooking itself. For games like Counter Strike, if you're playing at 1920x1080, Asus says temps will probably hover around 50C, thus allowing the card to run silent.</p> <p><a href="http://rog.asus.com/338932014/gaming-graphics-cards-2/pr-asus-announces-strix-gtx-750-ti-oc/" target="_blank">According to Asus</a>, its cooling solution keeps the card up to 58 percent chillier than a reference cooler and is three times quieter. Using the company's DirectCU II cooling technology, 6mm copper cooling pipes come in direct contact with the GPU for superior heat dissipation. The heatsink area is also 190 percent larger than reference</p> <p>Other specs include a 1,124Mhz base clockspeed, 1,202 boost clockspeed, and 2GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 5,400MHz (effective) on a 128-bit bus.</p> <p>The Strix GTX 750 Ti OC will be available by the end of July. No word yet on price.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/27hBljJjmGI" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_announces_semi_passive_strix_geforce_gtx_750_ti_oc_graphics_card#comments asus Build a PC Gaming geforce gtx 750 ti oc graphics card Hardware strix Video Card News Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:33:43 +0000 Paul Lilly 28178 at http://www.maximumpc.com SteelSeries Rolls Out Rival Dota 2 Edition Gaming Mouse http://www.maximumpc.com/steelseries_rolls_out_rival_dota_2_edition_gaming_mouse_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/dota_2_mouse_angled.jpg" alt="SteelSeries Dota 2 Mouse" title="SteelSeries Dota 2 Mouse" width="228" height="122" style="float: right;" />Comes with an in-game item</h3> <p>If you're obsessed with Dota 2, <strong>perhaps you'll be interested in a new rodent from SteelSeries. It's the SteelSeries Rival: Dota 2 Edition Gaming Mouse</strong>, which is a themed version of the peripheral maker's Rival Optical Mouse. The new mouse, which is being handed out this weekend to attendees of the International 4 Dota 2 Championship in Seattle, comes with an exclusive in-game item, Hell's Glare for Doom.</p> <p>"We believe that Dota players deserve the best, so we set out to give fans a mouse with a design they would love without sacrificing the functionality they require," <a href="http://steelseries.com/us/blog/press/steelseries-introduces-the-steelseries-rival-dota-2-edition-gaming-mouse" target="_blank">said Tino Soelberg</a>, SteelSeries CTO. "We extensively tested our Dota 2 Edition of the Rival Optical Mouse with professional players from Natus Vincere, Invictus Gaming and Fnatic which has resulted in one of the most powerful mice we’ve ever built – and to make it even more special for the Dota 2 community, we’ve added a unique in-game item."</p> <p>The themed mouse features a stone-gray body, six programmable buttons, blood-red rubber grips, 50-6,500 adjustable CPI, 1ms response time / 1,000Hz polling rate, themed illumination modes, and a soft-touch coating.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/dota_2_mouse.jpg" alt="SteelSeries Dota 2 Mouse" title="SteelSeries Dota 2 Mouse" width="620" height="373" /></p> <p>SteelSeries is <a href="http://steelseries.com/us/blog/press/www.steelseries.com/dota2" target="_blank">accepting pre-orders</a> for the Dota 2 mouse, which runs $70 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/steelseries_rolls_out_rival_dota_2_edition_gaming_mouse_2014#comments Gaming Hardware mouse Peripherals rival dota 2 edition steelseries News Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:42:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 28171 at http://www.maximumpc.com CyberPowerPC Launches Portable Zeusbook Edge X6 Gaming Laptop Starting at $1,389 http://www.maximumpc.com/cyberpowerpc_launches_portable_zeusbook_edge_x6_gaming_laptop_starting_1389 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/cyberpowerpc_x6.jpg" alt="CyberPowerPC Zeusbook X6" title="CyberPowerPC Zeusbook X6" width="228" height="193" style="float: right;" />Lightweight gaming laptop with an optical drive in tow</h3> <p>Boutique builder <strong>CyberPowerPC today announced the availability of its new Zeusbook Edge X6 notebook for gamers</strong>. In case you haven't noticed, gaming laptops are trending into thin and light territory these days, and the X6 is no exception -- it weighs just 4.75 pounds and measures 0.82 inches thick. That's a sliver more than Origin PC's EVO15-S, another lightweight notebook <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/origin_pc_kicks_thin_and_light_gaming_notebook_line_evo15-s_2014" target="_blank">announced today</a>, though the X6 brings an optical drive to party.</p> <p>Even with an optical drive, the X6 is CyberPowerPC's thinnest and lightest gaming laptop to date. It's also fairly well equipped for the money -- it boasts a 15.6-inch Full HD 1080p IPS display, Intel Core i7 4710HQ processor, 8GB of DDR3-1600 memory, Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M graphics, 1TB hard drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 2.1 channel speakers, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, GbE port, SD card reader, HDMI, VGA, mini DisplayPort, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p>If you need more power and have the budget to accommodate, you can upgrade certain parts of the X6, most notably the RAM and storage. For example, you could upgrade to 16GB of RAM and a 500GB Samsung 840 Evo Series SSD, which would bring thte total cost to $1,749.</p> <p>CyberPowerPC's <a href="http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/landingpages/ZeusbookEdge/" target="_blank">Zeusbook Edge X6-100</a> is available for presale and will ship in the first week of August.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/cyberpowerpc_launches_portable_zeusbook_edge_x6_gaming_laptop_starting_1389#comments cyberpowerpc Gaming Hardware laptop notebook OEM rigs zeusbook edge x6 News Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:47:22 +0000 Paul Lilly 28167 at http://www.maximumpc.com Origin PC Kicks Off Thin and Light Gaming Notebook Line with EVO15-S http://www.maximumpc.com/origin_pc_kicks_thin_and_light_gaming_notebook_line_evo15-s_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/evo15-s.jpg" alt="Origin PC EVO15-S" title="Origin PC EVO15-S" width="228" height="190" style="float: right;" />Gaming goodness packed into a laptop that's less than five pounds and under an inch thick</h3> <p>You kids these days have it easy in so many ways, especially when it comes to technology. Back in the day, you'd have to spend a king's ransom for the privilege of owning a gaming laptop that you'd have to bend at the knees when picking up, as is recommended for all big and bulky objects. And now? Let's just the say the landscape is much different. This is underscored by <strong>Origin PC's new EVO15-S gaming laptop</strong>, the first in a new series of thin and light laptops for gamers.</p> <p>Weighing in at just 4.36 pounds and measuring a scant 0.79 inches thick, the EVO15-S features a 15.6-inch Full HD display (an optional 3K panel is coming soon) powered by an Intel Core i7 4710HQ processor, 16GB of DDR3L-1600 memory, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M graphics.</p> <p>It also boasts dual 128GB SSDs in a RAID 0 array flanked by a 1TB (7200 RPM) hard drive for storage chores, Killer E2200 Game Networking, Intel dual-band Wireless-AC 7260, dual-fan cooling system, three USB 3.0 ports, media carder reader, 720p HD webcam, backlit multi-color keyboard, and custom paint and laser etching options.</p> <p>Origin PC's EVO15-S is <a href="http://www.originpc.com/gaming/laptops/evo15-s/" target="_blank">available now</a> starting at $2,199.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/origin_pc_kicks_thin_and_light_gaming_notebook_line_evo15-s_2014#comments evo15-s Gaming Hardware laptop notebook OEM origin pc rigs News Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:17:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 28165 at http://www.maximumpc.com Alienware Starts Offering Nvidia's Titan Z in Aurora Desktop, Price Temporarily Discounted http://www.maximumpc.com/alienware_starts_offering_nvidias_titan_z_aurora_desktop_price_temporarily_discounted_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/geforce_gtx_titan_z.jpg" alt="GeForce GTX Titan Z" title="GeForce GTX Titan Z" width="228" height="144" style="float: right;" />When two gaming hardware worlds collide</h3> <p>Dell's Alienware Aurora gaming desktop is getting an introduction to Nvidia's mighty Titan Z graphics card, and vice versa. That's to say that <strong>you can now configure an Alienware Aurora desktop with a Titan Z graphics card</strong>, and to kick off the coming together of two powerhouses, the starting price has been temporarily reduced from $3,799 to $3,609.05, a savings just shy of $190.</p> <p>“The GeForce GTX Titan Z is a gaming monster, built to power the most extreme gaming rigs on the planet. With a massive 5760 cores, 12 GB of 7 Gbps GDDR5 memory, and the most advanced power delivery system, it’s the fastest graphics card we’ve ever made. Experience incredible speed and cool, quiet performance—all in a stunning aluminum design," Nvidia said in a <a href="http://na.alienwarearena.com/news/nvidia-titan-z-now-available" target="_blank">statement</a>.</p> <p>A baseline configuration containing a Titan Z also includes an Intel Core i7 4820K processor, 8GB of DDR3-1600 memory, 2TB hard drive (7200 RPM), 24X DVD burner, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. You can also upgrade your configuration just about as far as your budget allows.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/alienware_starts_offering_nvidias_titan_z_aurora_desktop_price_temporarily_discounted_2014#comments alienware aurora Desktop Gaming graphics card Hardware nvidia OEM rigs titan z News Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:24:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 28130 at http://www.maximumpc.com