Gaming http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/178/ en Razer Launches DeathAdder Chroma Mouse with Upgraded Sensor and Multi-Color Lighting http://www.maximumpc.com/razer_launches_deathadder_chroma_mouse_upgraded_sensor_and_multi-color_lighting_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/deathadder_chroma.jpg" alt="Razer DeathAdder Chroma" title="Razer DeathAdder Chroma" width="228" height="158" style="float: right;" />DeathAdder mouse evolves</h3> <p>One of my favorite mice of all time is Razer's original DeathAdder. Back before I wore the thing out, it felt comfortable, was lightweight and responsive, and didn't overburden me with too many buttons. Just an all-around solid mouse that Razer claims is still the best-selling gaming rodent since it was released in 2006. Fast forward to today and the original is now better than ever -- <strong>Razer just announced the DeathAdder Chroma</strong>, essentially a tweaked version of the original with a higher DPI and fancy lights.</p> <p>Like the original, the DeathAdder Chroma is ergonomically designed for right-handed users (Razer went on to offer a left-handed version of the original, so perhaps that's in the cards here as well). It has textured rubber side grips, five independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons, on-the-fly sensitivity adjustment, 200 inches per second/50g acceleration, 1,000Hz Ultrapolling, and a 7-foot braided fiber cable.</p> <p>What's new to this version, however, is an upgraded 10,000 DPI optical sensor (up from 6,400 in the original) that can track lift-off distance as precise as 1mm on most surfaces, and Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options.</p> <p>The DeathAdder Chroma is <a href="http://www.razerzone.com/store/razer-deathadder-chroma" target="_blank">available now for $70</a> direct from Razer.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gMj53JAZHHM" 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/razer_launches_deathadder_chroma_mouse_upgraded_sensor_and_multi-color_lighting_2014#comments deathadder chroma Gaming Hardware mouse Peripherals razer News Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:50:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 28592 at http://www.maximumpc.com Roccat's Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset Wields 50mm Drivers http://www.maximumpc.com/roccats_kave_xtd_stereo_gaming_headset_wields_50mm_drivers_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/roccat_kave_xtd_stereo.jpg" alt="Roccat Kave XTD Stereo" title="Roccat Kave XTD Stereo" width="228" height="161" style="float: right;" />The XTD 5.1's little brother</h3> <p>German peripherals maker <strong>Roccat just added the Kave XTD Stereo to its growing line of audio peripherals</strong>, along with a combat themed version that it's calling Kave XTD Stereo Military. Other than the color scheme, these two headsets are the same -- both sport 50mm neodymium magnet drivers shoved inside padded earcups. According to Roccat, these are ultra-lightweight but durable headsets.</p> <p>"Our renowned Kave XTD Series has a brand new family member that provides high-class stereo sound with outstanding design and unmatched quality," says René Korte, founder and CEO of Roccat Studios. "When Roccat designs a headset, we make big claims and we back them up."</p> <p>Those "big claims" in this case include "massive dynamic range" with "crystal clear sound" that allows gamers to discern distinct details -- boost rustling through the grass or opponents whispering to each other, and so forth.</p> <p>The headsets feature a clip-on inline remote with volume control and a mute switch. There's also a 360-degree rotatable and detachable noise-cancelling microphone.</p> <p>We're told the <a href="http://www.roccat.org/Products/Gaming-Sound/ROCCAT-Kave-XTD-Stereo/" target="_blank">Kave XTD Stereo</a> and <a href="http://www.roccat.org/Products/Gaming-Sound/ROCCAT-Kave-XTD-Military/" target="_blank">Kave XTD Stereo Military</a> will both sell for around $80, though the price may vary depending on distributor. No word on when they'll hit retail shelves.</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/roccats_kave_xtd_stereo_gaming_headset_wields_50mm_drivers_2014#comments audio Gaming Hardware headset kave xtd Peripherals roccat News Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:37:24 +0000 Paul Lilly 28590 at http://www.maximumpc.com New ‘Crescent Bay’ Rift Prototype Impresses with Better Display, 360-degree Tracking http://www.maximumpc.com/new_%E2%80%98crescent_bay%E2%80%99_rift_prototype_impresses_better_display_360-degree_tracking <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/oculus-crescent-bay-prototype.png" alt="Crescent Bay Oculus Rift Prototype" title="Crescent Bay Oculus Rift Prototype" width="228" height="129" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Oculus making steady progress on road to consumer Rift</h3> <p>At its two-day Oculus Connect developer conference in Los Angeles this week, Facebook-owned Oculus VR introduced a new, improved version of its Rift virtual reality head mounted display (HMD).<strong> Called Crescent Bay, this latest prototype packs a number of improvements over the DK2 model.&nbsp;</strong> These improvements, the company says, are enough to ensure a level of immersion “that’s impossible to achieve with DK2.”</p> <p><a href="http://www.oculus.com/blog/oculus-connect-2014/" target="_blank">Crescent Bay</a> is said to have a higher-resolution display than the DK2, which began shipping in July with a full HD OLED display (960 x 1080 pixels per eye). Although the company has chosen to keep Crescent Bay’s specs under wraps, most reports point to a 1440p screen or better. According to <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/20/6661525/oculus-crescent-bay-prototype-headset-hands-on" target="_blank">The Verge</a>, a higher resolution is not the only notable improvement where the display is concerned but there are a number of other improvements that make it better overall than the DK2.</p> <p>Besides the improved display, the Crescent Bay also packs 360° head tracking, expanded positional tracking volume, improved weight and ergonomics, and integrated audio.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/new_%E2%80%98crescent_bay%E2%80%99_rift_prototype_impresses_better_display_360-degree_tracking#comments crescent bay Gaming headset hmd oculus rift virtual reality vr News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 04:14:07 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28577 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer’s XB280HK 4K G-Sync Display Arriving Next Month for $800 (Updated) http://www.maximumpc.com/acer%E2%80%99s_xb280hk_4k_g-sync_display_now_available_north_america764 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u69/acer_monitor_2.jpg" alt="Acer 4K G-Sync Display" title="Acer 4K G-Sync Display" width="228" height="192" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>First 4K UHD display with G-Sync</h3> <p><em>Correction: An earlier version of this article wrongly claimed that the Acer XB280HK was already up for sale in North America when, in fact, it's the full HD <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009657" target="_blank">XB270H</a> ($599) and not the 4K XB280HK that has gone on sale. The error is regretted.</em></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_rolls_out_worlds_first_4k_display_nvidia_g-sync_technology_2014">28-inch 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) computer monitor Acer announced back in May</a> will be available in the United States and Canada sometime next month, the company announced in a <a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/press/2014/82208" target="_blank">press release</a> Friday. The <strong>Acer XB280HK is the first 4K monitor to come with an Nvidia G-Sync module.</strong></p> <p>The XB280HK is a TN (twisted nematic) display with a 60Hz refresh rate. Of course, support for Nvidia’s G-Sync technology means that this refresh rate can be adjusted automatically to match that of the GPU (<a href="http://www.geforce.com/hardware/technology/g-sync/system-requirements" target="_blank">see eligible models</a>), thereby obviating any screen tearing and keeping both stutter and input lag in check.</p> <p>“The incredibly sharp and smooth images provided by NVIDIA G-SYNC technology are sure to thrill the most avid gamers. Combined with Acer’s highly flexibly ergonomic stand, non-glare ComfyView panel and low dimming technology, users are assured long hours of both comfortable and visually stunning game play,” Ronald Lau, Acer America business manager, said in the press release.</p> <p>The US$799 ($849.99 CAD) XB280HK delivers 170/170 viewing angles (horizontal and vertical), 1.07 billion colors, 1000:1 native contrast ratio, 300 nits brightness, and 72 percent NTSC color saturation. Further, it is equipped with DisplayPort and as many as four USB 3.0 ports.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/acer%E2%80%99s_xb280hk_4k_g-sync_display_now_available_north_america764#comments Acer display Gaming Hardware monitor nvidia g-sync tn XB280HK News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 03:51:29 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28576 at http://www.maximumpc.com Syber’s Upcoming Vapor Extreme Gaming Console Packs Nvidia’s GTX 980 GPU http://www.maximumpc.com/syber%E2%80%99s_upcoming_vapor_extreme_gaming_console_packs_nvidia%E2%80%99s_gtx_980_gpu890 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/cyberpowerpc_syber_vapor_extreme.jpg" alt="Syber Vapor Extreme" title="Syber Vapor Extreme" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Runs Windows 8.1 but boots straight into Steam’s Big Picture Mode</h3> <p>Syber, a division of California-based boutique system builder CyberPowerPC, has announced an <strong>Nvidia GeForce GTX 980-packing gaming PC that boots directly into Steam’s Big Picture Mode</strong>. The Syber Vapor Extreme, as the machine is called, is not an altogether new product, but the latest addition to an <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/e3_2014_cyberpower_pc_shows_syber_console_big_picture_mode_video" target="_blank">upcoming line of Windows 8.1-based gaming consoles the company unveiled at E3 2014 back in June. </a></p> <p>If it isn’t already apparent from its “Extreme” moniker, this particular product is going to be the most powerful member of Syber’s upcoming Vapor family of Windows-based gaming consoles — devices that would have almost certainly hit the market as Steam Machines had that platform not been <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/controller_tweaks_prompt_valve_delay_steam_machines_until_2015" target="_blank">delayed by Valve</a>. Since we’ve already covered the other two SKUs in the Vapor line, we are going to limit ourselves to the Vapor Extreme here. </p> <p>Inside the 36-lb Vapor Extreme you will find a 4.0GHz Intel Core i7-4790K processor, 8GB of RAM, Nvidia GTX 980 with 4GB of DDR5 VRAM, 1TB SATA III hard drive, one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 port, HDMI port, DVI-D port, Gigabit Ethernet, and 802.11ac/g/n. It will come with a 450W power supply, Logitech F710 wireless gamepad and a wireless keyboard with touchpad.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.sybergaming.com/specifications.aspx" target="_blank">$1,500 Vapor Extreme</a> is listed as “coming soon” on Syber’s website. However, the two other SKUs in this line of SteamOS-ready machines, the <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229610" target="_blank">$700 Vapor I</a> and the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Syber-Vapor-A-Athlon-Desktop-SVAB100/dp/B00MW7UUK4/ref=sr_sp-atf_title_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1411342785&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=syber+vapor" target="_blank">$600 Vapor A</a>,&nbsp; are both available for pre-order now and should begin shipping in October.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/syber%E2%80%99s_upcoming_vapor_extreme_gaming_console_packs_nvidia%E2%80%99s_gtx_980_gpu890#comments cyberpowerpc Gaming geforce gtx 980 Steam Big Picture Mode steam machine steamos syber vapor extreme Valve vapor a vapor i windows 8.1 News Sun, 21 Sep 2014 23:44:52 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28575 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus Rolls Out Overclocked and Custom Cooled Strix GTX 980 and GTX 970 Cards http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rolls_out_overclocked_and_custom_cooled_strix_gtx_980_and_gtx_970_cards <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_strix_gtx_980.jpg" alt="Asus Strix GTX 980" title="Asus Strix GTX 980" width="228" height="205" style="float: right;" />Cooler and quieter than reference</h3> <p>Are you of the opinion that speed limits are more like suggestions than enforced rules? Do you believe reference designs are for suckers? If you answered yes to one or both questions, you might be interested in the new <strong>Strix GTX 980 and Strix GTX 970 graphics cards from Asus</strong>. Both of these <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_geforce_gtx_980_review2014">Maxwell-powered</a> parts sport factory overclocks and custom cooling solutions that are supposedly 30 percent quieter than Nvidia's reference cooler.</p> <p>As Asus is prone to do, it outfitted its new cards with its Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) technology and Super Alloy Power components -- fancy terms for higher end components intended to increase durability and cooling. Both cards also feature a DisplayPort interface to support gaming at up to 4K Ultra HD.</p> <p>The Strix GTX 980 is overclocked to 1279MHz, up from 1126MHz, and the Strix GTX 970 is goosed to 1253MHz, up from 1050MHz. Both sport 4GB of GDDR5 memory that runs at boosted speeds of up to 7010MHz, which is essentially reference.</p> <p>With regards to cooling, the cards use Asus' DirectCU II cooling technology that consists of 10mm heat pipes capable of transporting 40 percent more heat away from the GPU. The design also offers 220 percent more heat dissipation. <a href="http://rog.asus.com/362672014/gaming-graphics-cards-2/press-release-asus-announces-strix-gtx-980-and-strix-gtx-970/" target="_blank">According to Asus</a>, the cards run 30 percent cooler and 3x quieter than reference.</p> <p>Both cards should be available today. At the time of this writing, Newegg shows the Strix 970 as out of stock and priced at $340 (plus $6.31 shipping); there's no listing yet for the Strix 980.</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_rolls_out_overclocked_and_custom_cooled_strix_gtx_980_and_gtx_970_cards#comments asus Build a PC Gaming graphics card Hardware strix gtx 970 strix gtx 980 Video Card News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:58:35 +0000 Paul Lilly 28572 at http://www.maximumpc.com Turtle Beach Launches Ear Force Z60, Claims First PC Gaming Headset with DTS Headphone:X 7.1 http://www.maximumpc.com/turtle_beach_launches_ear_force_z60_claims_first_pc_gaming_headset_dts_headphonex_71 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/turtle_beach_ear_force_z60.jpg" alt="Turtle Beach Ear Force Z60" title="Turtle Beach Ear Force Z60" width="228" height="192" style="float: right;" />Now available in stores</h3> <p>Turtle Beach hasn't forgotten about PC gamers. In fact, <strong>Turtle Beach just announced the availability of its Ear Force Z60 PC gaming headset</strong> that was first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year in Las Vegas. According to Turtle Beach, the Ear Force Z60 is the first and only PC gaming headset to utilize the new DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound.</p> <p>DTS Headphone:X is supposed to make games, movies, and music sound better over headphones by enabling discrete control over speaker position and angles. Turtle Beach said it created audio presets using DTS Headphone:X for more realistic sound. How so?</p> <p>"Most surround sound mixes put the center channel about eight feet in front of the listener perceptually, which is the default for TV and film because the dialogue is coming from the screen," <a href="http://www.turtlebeach.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&amp;t=20850" target="_blank">Turtle Beach explains</a>. "With a first person shooter and many other game genres, much of the center channel audio comes from the player's character for example the sound of the player’s feet walking in the snow, their inbound radio, and the sound of spent cartridges being ejected from their gun. Using DTS Headphone:X, the audio engineers at Turtle Beach created gaming presets that pull the center channel in towards the players' midsection to make the placement of those sounds more realistic."</p> <p>The Ear Force Z60 boasts large 60mm speakers. It also features an inline control unit to adjust chat and game audio individually, surround sound modes, and microphone mute.</p> <p>You can purchase the Ear Force Z60 now for <a href="http://www.turtlebeach.com/product-detail/pc-headsets/ear-force-z60/496" target="_blank">$120 MSRP</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/turtle_beach_launches_ear_force_z60_claims_first_pc_gaming_headset_dts_headphonex_71#comments audio ear force z60 Gaming Hardware headphone:x 7.1 Peripherals Sound turtle beach News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:16:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 28571 at http://www.maximumpc.com Malware Uses Twitch Chat to Target Steam Users http://www.maximumpc.com/malware_uses_twitch_chat_target_steam_users299 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u57670/steam-logo.jpg" alt="Steam" title="Steam" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Fake raffle invites being used to ensnare victims</h3> <p>Twitch, the popular videogame streaming site recently acquired by Amazon, is being used to propagate <strong>malware that specifically targets Steam users</strong>, security firm <a href="http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00002742.html?tduid=e35fb5eb4515cd1f81ed8ed10d712a33" target="_blank">F-Secure</a> revealed in a blog post Friday. Gullible Steam users are being lured into clicking a malicious link contained in bot-sent raffle invites on Twitch that promise them the opportunity to win such prizes as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive items. On the other side of that link, there is usually a Java program asking for some basic personal info, a congratulatory message, a malicious Windows binary file, and an empty Steam wallet.</p> <p>The malware, dubbed “Eskimo” by F-Secure, is capable of a host of things: taking screenshots, adding new Steam friends, accepting pending friend requests and trading items. </p> <p>“This malware, which we call Eskimo, is able to wipe your Steam wallet, armory, and inventory dry. It even dumps your items for a discount in the Steam Community Market,” the company warned in its blog post. “Previous variants were selling items with a 12% discount, but a recent sample showed that they changed it to 35% discount. Perhaps to be able to sell the items faster.”</p> <p>“All this is done from the victim's machine, since Steam has security checks in place for logging in or trading from a new machine. It might be helpful for the users if Steam were to add another security check for those trading several items to a newly added friend and for selling items in the market with a low price based on a certain threshold. This will lessen the damages done by this kind of threat.”</p> <p>Twitch says it has already blocked the malicious link in question and requested its users to be cautious when dealing with links of unknown origin.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/malware_uses_twitch_chat_target_steam_users299#comments F-Secure Gaming malware Security Steam steam wallet twitch News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:46:29 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28534 at http://www.maximumpc.com Report: Microsoft Could Announce $2.5 Billion Acquisition of Minecraft Studio Monday http://www.maximumpc.com/report_microsoft_could_announce_25_billion_acquisition_minecraft_studio_monday328 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u160391/minecraft.jpg" alt="Minecraft" title="Minecraft" width="228" height="137" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Talks reportedly initiated by Minecraft creator Markus Persson</h3> <p><strong>Microsoft’s rumored acquisition of Sweden-based Minecraft developer Mojang could be worth as much as $2.5 billion</strong>, according to a <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/12/us-mojang-microsoft-idUSKBN0H72EV20140912" target="_blank">Reuters</a> report published Friday. This is considerably higher than the $2 billion figure reported by the <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/microsoft-near-deal-to-buy-minecraft-1410300213" target="_blank">Wall Street Journal</a>, which was the first news outlet to claim that such a deal was in the works when it published a report, citing “a person with knowledge of the matter,” on Tuesday.</p> <p>The two outlets may differ on the total value of the rumored deal but both seem to be in agreement when it comes to its imminence. According to Reuters’ source, an official announcement of the $2.5 billion deal will come from Microsoft on Monday, September 15, 2014.&nbsp; Meanwhile, people are busy speculating about the possible reasons behind the reportedly imminent deal, which is rumored to have been <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-09/microsoft-said-near-2-billion-deal-for-minecraft-maker.html" target="_blank">initiated by Mojang owner Markus Persson.</a></p> <p>Interestingly, despite being available on every major gaming platform under the sun — from the PC to mobile OSes like Android and iOS — the hugely popular game is not yet available on Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. Could this rumored deal be nothing but an expensive way of bringing Minecraft to Windows Phone? Frankly, we don’t know. What we do know for sure is that Minecraft is a wonderful game and, if you haven’t already, you should give it a try. Here’s our <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/minecraft_beginners_guide_2014" target="_blank">Minecraft Beginner's Guide</a> to get you started.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/report_microsoft_could_announce_25_billion_acquisition_minecraft_studio_monday328#comments acquisition Gaming Markus Persson microsoft minecraft Mojang rumor windows phone News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:05:22 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28533 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus ROG Rolls Out Ares III Dual R9 290X Graphics Card http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_rolls_out_ares_iii_dual_r9_290x_graphics_card <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_ares_iii.jpg" alt="Asus Ares III" title="Asus Ares III" width="228" height="175" style="float: right;" />You know it's a serious card when it comes in a briefcase</h3> <p>See that image of the Ares III? <strong>According to Asus, the Ares III is the world's fastest water-cooled dual R9 290X graphics card on the planet</strong>, and we won't argue that claim. After all, who knows what that thing's lugging inside its metal briefcase. What we do know, however, is that this impressive graphics card is wielding dual AMD Radeon Hawaii XT R9 290X GPUs, both factory overclocked to 1030MHz.</p> <p>It's flanked by 8GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 5000MHz and, according to Asus, is 15 percent faster than a GeForce GTX Titan Z when gaming at a 4K resolution</p> <p>Despite the presence of two GPUs, this is a single-slot graphics card. It features a hand-carved EK water block for a precision fit, and when hooked up, the card runs 25 percent cooler than the reference R9 295X2, <a href="http://rog.asus.com/357422014/gaming-graphics-cards-2/press-release-republic-of-gamers-announces-ares-iii/" target="_blank">Asus says</a>.</p> <p>If you need even more speed, Asus points out that the Ares III features Digi+ VRM technology with a 16-phase concrete-core power design and Japanese made 10K black metallic capacitors, which reduces power noise by 30 percent and enhances energy efficiency by 15 percent without generating whines or buzzes. Translation? You can overclock this sucker.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/ares_iii.jpg" alt="Asus Ares III Card" title="Asus Ares III Card" width="620" height="597" /></p> <p>Asus is only making 500 of these cards, which will be available this month. No word yet on price.</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_rog_rolls_out_ares_iii_dual_r9_290x_graphics_card#comments amd ares iii asus Build a PC Gaming graphics card Hardware r9 290x radeon Republic of Gamers ROG Video Card News Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:52:45 +0000 Paul Lilly 28487 at http://www.maximumpc.com Digital Storm Targets Gamers with Bolt II Battle Box Titan Z Special Edition http://www.maximumpc.com/digital_storm_targets_gamers_bolt_ii_battle_box_titan_z_special_edition_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/digital_storm_battle_box.jpg" alt="Digital Storm Bolt II Battle Box" title="Digital Storm Bolt II Battle Box" width="228" height="183" style="float: right;" />Liquid cooled and ready for the heat of battle</h3> <p><strong>Digital Storm today unveiled its Bolt II Battle Box Titan Z Special Edition</strong>, which is a specially priced Bolt II small form factor (SFF) rig wielding a dual-GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z graphics card. In addition to adding a Titan Z, Digital Storm went back to the drawing board and redesigned the Bolt II to accommodate a new Hardline Cooling System consisting of a 240mm radiator, pump, and "stunning" acrylic tubing with yellow coolant.</p> <p>"Nvidia launched the GTX Battle Box Program to allow gamers to play AAA, combat-focused games at max settings and super high resolutions," said Harjit Chana, Chief Brand Officer. "But gaming in 4K requires much more than simply upgrading components. Our Hardline Cooling System allows gamers to unlock the Bolt II’s full potential and experience games in ways they never thought possible."</p> <p>The Bolt II Battle Box is available now for just under $5,000, down from what its regular selling price should be, which is $6,658. At that starting price, the Bolt II Battle Box comes with a painted chassis, an overclocked Intel Core i7 4790K processor, Asus Maximus VI Impact motherboard, 16GB of DDR3-1600 memory, Blu-ray player, 250GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD, 1TB Seagate HDD, Titan Z graphics card, liquid cooling, internal lighting, 700W power supply, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.</p> <p>You can find out more (and/or place an order) on <a href="https://www.digitalstormonline.com/configurator.asp?id=1034531" target="_blank">Digital Storm's website</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/digital_storm_targets_gamers_bolt_ii_battle_box_titan_z_special_edition_2014#comments battle boz bolt ii Digital Storm Gaming geforce gtx titan z Hardware nvidia OEM rigs News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:35:10 +0000 Paul Lilly 28418 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Announces Tonga-based R9 285 Graphics Card http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_announces_tonga-based_r9_285_graphics_card249 <!--paging_filter--><h3>Touts it as being faster than Nvidia’s GTX 760</h3> <p>At its “<a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_will_celebrate_30_years_graphics_and_gaming_live_webcast_2014" target="_blank">30 Year of Gaming and Graphics</a>” event, which the company broadcast live via Twitch on Saturday, <strong>Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announced the addition of a new graphics card to its Radeon R9 family</strong>. While the Radeon R9 285 is very close to its predecessor, the R9 280, in terms of specs, the new card is built around the company’s new Tonga Pro GPU.</p> <p>The R9 285, which like the R9 280 packs 1792 stream processors, 112 texture processors and 32 ROPs, boasts a maximum boost clock speed of 918MHz (base clock speed unknown), which is a bit less than that of its predecessor. However, with a TDP of 190W,&nbsp; it is considerably more power efficient than the R9 280, which has a 250W TDP. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of their specs:</p> <p><img src="/files/u46168/r9285vs_r9280.png" alt="R9 285 vs R9 280" width="620" height="90" /></p> <p>The R9 285 will go on sale on September 2, 2014 for $249.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_announces_tonga-based_r9_285_graphics_card249#comments amd Gaming gpu graphics card Hardware radeon r9 285 tonga pro News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 06:45:09 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28408 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft’s ‘DeLorean’ Defeats Cloud Gaming Lag by Predicting Gamer’s Next Move http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft%E2%80%99s_%E2%80%98delorean%E2%80%99_defeats_cloud_gaming_lag_predicting_gamer%E2%80%99s_next_move250 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/delorean.jpg" alt="Microsoft Delorean" title="Microsoft Delorean Cloud Gaming Tech" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>It's to&nbsp; cloud gaming latency what a warp drive is to the cosmic speed limit — a workaround</h3> <p>If you aren’t sold on cloud gaming, we don’t blame you. We aren’t either. Despite all its inherent promise, cloud gaming continues to be held back by the high latency generally associated with wide area networks — not to mention the ridiculously fast internet speeds and plenty of spare bandwidth that are the other desiderata for a quality cloud gaming experience. But what if you wanted to <strong>enable a better cloud gaming experience</strong> but didn’t know of a way to directly lower latency? How about masking it?</p> <p>That is precisely what Microsoft is trying to do with its “DeLorean” technology. On the face of it, the idea is simple. In a normal cloud gaming setup, the game visuals are rendered on a remote server and streamed to a thin client, with the rendering and streaming being initiated based on user input. What DeLorean does differently is to predict user input and pre-render a set of future outcomes based on those predictions, “delivering them to the client one entire RTT&nbsp; [round trip time] ahead of time; clients perceive no latency.” According to a <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/pubs/226843/delorean_techreport2014.pdf" target="_blank">research paper published by the software giant</a>, the technique, which has already been tested with Doom 3 and Fable 3, can be used to mask network latency of up to 250ms. (Generally, anything over 60ms is considered less than ideal and anything over 100ms downright unplayable.)</p> <p>Besides predicting future outcomes, DeLorean also relies on state space subsampling and time shifting (to cut down on number of possible outcomes), misprediction compensation, and video compression. You would expect multiplayer to be particularly problematic for a system like this given the number of players, but Microsoft insists things are about just as bad as standard multiplayer.</p> <p>There’s a major downside to this technique, though: the bandwidth consumption can be 1.5 to 4.5 times more than your run-of-the-mill cloud gaming setup. However, the researchers “believe this is a reasonable trade-off for service providers who are otherwise unable to offer users low-latency interactivity.”</p> <p><em>Image Credit: Ed g2s/Wikipedia</em></p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft%E2%80%99s_%E2%80%98delorean%E2%80%99_defeats_cloud_gaming_lag_predicting_gamer%E2%80%99s_next_move250#comments cloud gaming Gaming lag latency microsoft delorean streaming games News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 04:51:22 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28407 at http://www.maximumpc.com CyberPowerPC's Raven X6 Gaming Laptop Takes Flight Starting at $1,199 http://www.maximumpc.com/cyberpowerpcs_raven_x6_gaming_laptop_takes_flight_starting_1199 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/raven_laptop.jpg" alt="Raven X6" title="Raven X6" width="228" height="180" style="float: right;" />A sleek and stylish laptop</h3> <p><strong>CyberPowerPC today uncaged its new Raven X6 laptop for gamers</strong>. The Raven X6 sports a 15.6-inch In-Plane Switching (IPS) display with a 1920x1080 resolution powered by an Intel Core i7 4710HQ mobile processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics. It all comes wrapped in an aggressive looking chassis with sleek angles and subtle aesthetic enhancements and accents.</p> <p>Pricing starts at $1,199. In addition to the components listed above, the Raven X6 also features 8GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, 1TB hard drive (7200 RPM), two USB 3.0 ports, HD webcam with dual digital microphones, backlit keyboard, HDMI output, 4-in-1 media card reader, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p>There are a few upgrade options, such as bigger and faster storage choices, more RAM, and a bunch of accessories (mice, keyboards, headsets), though you can't hog wild pimping this thing out with more powerful components -- the options just aren't there.</p> <p>You can order a <a href="http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/LandingPages/RAVEN/" target="_blank">CyberPowerPC Raven X6</a> right now.</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/cyberpowerpcs_raven_x6_gaming_laptop_takes_flight_starting_1199#comments cyberpowerpc Gaming Hardware laptop notebook OEM raven x6 rigs News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:36:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 28393 at http://www.maximumpc.com SteamVR Updated with Oculus Rift DK2 Support http://www.maximumpc.com/steamvr_updated_oculus_rift_dk2_support <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/314-steamvr.jpg" alt="SteamVR" title="SteamVR" width="228" height="129" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Oculus Rift DK2 began shipping in July</h3> <p><strong>Valve has updated the SteamVR feature it debuted earlier this year</strong>,&nbsp; <a href="http://steamcommunity.com/games/250820/announcements/detail/179336229464518511" target="_blank"> adding support for the Oculus Rift DK2 head-mounted display (HMD)</a> that began shipping late last month. With this update, the still-in-beta SteamVR, which is essentially a Steam interface for HMDs like the Oculus Rift, now supports positional tracking on Windows and OSX. Road to VR has published a <a href="http://www.roadtovr.com/how-to-enable-oculus-rift-dk2-half-life-2-steamvr-steam-big-picture-virtual-reality-mode/" target="_blank">step-by-step guide</a> on how to get SteamVR and Half-Life 2 to work with the Oculus Rift DK2.</p> <p>According to the same website, demand for the $350 DK2 is very strong, with Oculus VR, the company behind the device, having received orders for as many as 60,000 units, out of which 20,000 units have already reached buyers. The company recently updated the <a href="https://www.oculusvr.com/order/" target="_blank">Oculus Rift DK2 order page</a> to let everyone know that “new orders are expected to begin shipping in October 2014.”</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/steamvr_updated_oculus_rift_dk2_support#comments Gaming Half-Life 2 Hardware oculus rift dk2 oculus vr positional tracking steamvr Home News Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:52:52 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28361 at http://www.maximumpc.com