Gaming en PAX East 2014: Gigabyte Shows Off Nvidia GeForce GTX 800M-Powered Notebooks [Video] <!--paging_filter--><h3>Even as rivals opt for higher-res options, Gigabyte sticks to full HD</h3> <p>When Nvidia launched its latest GeForce GTX 800M Series GPUs last month, Gigabyte wasted little time in announcing an entire <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>lineup of gaming notebooks built around the new mobile graphics cards</strong></a>. Maximum PC’s Jimmy Thang found Gigabyte parading some of the new notebooks at PAX East.</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Gigabyte P25X v2:</strong> Starting at $2,099, the 15.6-inch P25X v2 is a high-end gaming laptop that packs quite a powerful punch with its Intel Core i7-4810MQ CPU and GeForce GTX 880M GDDR5 8GB graphics card. Other specs include full HD IPS matte display, tri-storage slots with RAID 0 support, backlit gaming keyboard, subwoofer, and Blu-ray writer. It is expected to begin shipping later this month.</p> <p><strong>Gigabyte P35W v2:</strong> Like the P25X v2, this one also sports a 15.6-inch full HD display. The P35W v2 has enough room in its 20.9mm chassis to accommodate a quad-core Core i7 CPU, GeForce GTX 870M GDDR5 6GB graphics card, two 512GB mSATA SSDs and as many 1.5TB hard drives. It is expected to hit the market later this month starting at $1,599.</p> <p><strong>Gigabyte P34G v2:</strong> The smallest of the three notebooks sighted by us, this upcoming thin and light (20.9mm and 3.57 lbs) notebook features a 14-inch full HD TN matte display, Intel Core i7-4700HQ CPU, GeForce GTX 860M GDDR5 4GB GPU, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD and 128GB SSD. The P34G V2 starts at $1,499.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> Gaming gigabyte gpu Hardware notebooks nvidia geforce gtx 800m pax east 2014 News Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:37:55 +0000 Pulkit Chandna and Jimmy Thang 27626 at Epic Wants Unreal Engine 4 to (Eventually) Support Windows Phone and Windows RT <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_phone_unreal.jpg" alt="Windows Phone Unreal Engine 4" title="Windows Phone Unreal Engine 4" width="228" height="214" style="float: right;" />Tim Sweeney confirms there's interest in porting Unreal Engine 4 to Windows Phone and RT</h3> <p>When the time is right, <strong>Epic will make its Unreal Engine 4 platform available on Windows Phone and Windows RT</strong>. Exactly when that time will be is still up in the air, but thanks to a forum post in which Epic co-founder and CEO Tim Sweeney responded to a user question, we at least know it's something the company is both interested in and has been working towards to some degree.</p> <p>"We have been doing some work in this direction (implementing various levels of Win RT API support) and we want to have Windows Phone support eventually, but we're a very long way from having a ship-quality implementation," <a href=";p=2654&amp;viewfull=1#post2654" target="_blank">Sweeney said</a>.</p> <p>Given the disparity in market share between Windows Phone and other platforms, this isn't a high priority for Epic. Sweeney essentially says as much, adding that his company's "mobile efforts are really focused on iOS and Android based on their huge market sizes." He also added that there's a lot of work to be done on those two platforms before the development team can think about expanding its reach.</p> <p>Looking strictly at the U.S. market, Android holds a 52.1 percent share of the smartphone sector, followed by Apple at 41.3 percent, according to the <a href=";ns_mchannel=email&amp;ns_source=comscore_elq_COM_NA_US_APR2014_PR_MONTHLY%20MOBILE%20FEBRUARY%20DATA&amp;ns_linkname=text_general&amp;ns_fee=0" target="_blank">latest data by comScore</a>. What that means is that more than 9 out of 10 smartphones in the U.S. are running either Android or iOS. For the sake of comparison, Microsoft holds a 3.4 percent share, meaning less than 4 out of 100 smartphones in the U.S. are running Windows Phone software.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Epic Gaming operating system Software tim sweeney unreal engine 4 windows phone windows rt News Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:47:52 +0000 Paul Lilly 27588 at Logitech G502 Proteus Core Gaming Mouse Packs a Customizable 12,000 DPI Sensor <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/logitech_g502.jpg" alt="Logitech G502 Proteus Core" title="Logitech G502 Proteus Core" width="228" height="134" style="float: right;" />A gaming mouse that plays nice on different surfaces</h3> <p><strong>Logitech just expanded its popular G line of gaming mice with the G502 Proteus Core</strong>, a tunable mouse for gamers that brings a 12,000 DPI sensor to the fire fight. What's unique about the G502 Proteus Core is that it allows you to calibrate the sensor against a gaming surface's unique physical and reflective characteristics, after which it will reconfigure itself for optimal performance.</p> <p>Customization is the name of the game here. You can adjust the DPI sensor all the way down to 200, and of course Logitech lets you reassign any command or macro to any of the 11 programmable buttons courtesy of the onboard 32-bit ARM processor and built in memory. However, you can also adjust the mouse's weight and center of balance by placing up to five 3.5g weights in the G502.</p> <p>"With the world's best sensor technology, complete surface, weight and balance tuning and mechanical switches, we have made a mouse that dominates," said Ehtisham Rabbani, general manager of the Logitech gaming business. "The Logitech G team believes that when hype fades, science wins!"</p> <p>Logitech also said it improved its exclusive dual-mode hyper-fast scroll wheel to offer enhanced click-to-click precision and lightning fast scrolling on the web.</p> <p>The Logitech G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse will be available in the U.S. and Europe this month for $80 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> g502 proteus core Gaming Hardware logitech mouse Peripherals News Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:33:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 27584 at Nvidia GeForce Experience 2.0 Adds ShadowPlay Support for Notebooks <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/geforce_experience_2.jpg" alt="Nvidia GeForce Experience 2.0" title="Nvidia GeForce Experience 2.0" width="228" height="149" style="float: right;" />Laptop gamers are invited to the ShadowPlay party</h3> <p>Today is a busy one for Nvidia. In addition to <a href="" target="_blank">launching new beta drivers</a> intended to steal some thunder away from AMD's Mantle API, <strong>Nvidia upgraded its GeForce Experience platform to version 2.0</strong>. The new release is described as a "major update" to the software that's been installed on 35 million PCs to date, and among the new features is ShadowPlay support for GeForce GTX notebooks.</p> <p>ShadowPlay will work on laptops rocking GeForce GTX 800M, GTX 700M, and select GTX 600M GPUs. In addition to adding laptop support, Nvidia's updated GeForce Experience software now allows for desktop capture. To take advantage of the feature, you'll need the latest GeForce driver with Aero mode enabled.</p> <p>Other additions to ShadowPlay include native 1920x1200 capture, the ability to pause via Alt-Tab (previously this would terminate a recording), advanced quality options for Twitch streaming, improved microphone audio quality, and a few other odds and ends.</p> <p>GeForce Experience 2.0 also adds remote GameStream support, meaning you can log into a locked PC from Shield no matter where you are and stream your games, provided you have enough bandwidth.</p> <p>You can find more information on <a href="" target="_blank">GeForce Experience 2.0 here</a>, and you can download the software <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> gamestream Gaming geforce experience nvidia Software News Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:34:41 +0000 Paul Lilly 27579 at AOC Introduces a Full HD 1080p 24-inch Gaming Monitor with 144Hz Refresh Rate <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/aoc_g2460pqu.jpg" alt="AOC g2460pqu" title="AOC g2460pqu" width="228" height="178" style="float: right;" />A monitor for gamers</h3> <p><strong>AOC has put a target on gamers with its new 24-inch monitor</strong> (G2460PQU) that offers a fast 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time to ensure lag-free and smooth gaming. It sports a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution, has four USB 2.0 ports (including a fast charging port), and ample connectivity options that include VGA, Dual Link DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort outputs.</p> <p>It also features seven different display modes: 17-inch Pillar Box (5:4), 19-inch Pillar Box (5:4), 19-inch Widescreen (16:10), 21.5pinch Widescreen (16:9), 22-inch Widescreen (16:10), 23-inch Widescreen (16:9), and 24-inch Widescreen (16:9).</p> <p>There are built-in speakers, a cable management hook on the back of the stand, and support for tilt, pivot, and height adjustability. And though it's intended for gaming, the monitor can be used in either landscape or portrait mode, the latter of which can be useful for reading long documents, surfing the web, or working with certain images.</p> <p>Street pricing for the <a href="" target="_blank">G2460PQU</a> varies by vendor; the cheapest we've seen it is <a href=";m=ATVPDKIKX0DER" target="_blank">$293 at Amazon</a> -- a bit pricey for a non-IPS panel.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> aoc display g2460pqu Gaming Hardware monitor News Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:41:36 +0000 Paul Lilly 27557 at Razer's Student Discount Shaves 20 Percent Off 2013 Blade Gaming Laptops <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/razer_blade_school.jpg" alt="Razer Blade" title="Razer Blade" width="228" height="141" style="float: right;" />A sweet deal for students</h3> <p>Razer gave thin and light gaming a major kick in the pants when it introduced its Blade laptop last year. It earned a 9 verdict (and our respect) in <a href="">our review</a> of the $2,000 model, which offered up impressive gaming performance in a package measuring just 13.6 inches by 9.3 inches by 0.66 inches (that's 0.05 inches thinner than a dime when you stand it up) and weighing 4.1 pounds. This year's refresh upgrades the 14-inch QHD+ territory (3200x1800), so what do you do with 'old' models? <strong>Apparently you try offloading them on students for a 20 percent discount</strong>.</p> <p>For a limited time, K-12 and higher education students can receive a discount code good for 20 percent off the purchase of one <a href="" target="_blank">Razer Blade 2013</a> laptop. The code doesn't apply to the Pro model, nor does it work with the 2014 model Razer Blades.</p> <p>Last year's Razer Blade laptops start at $1,800 and include a 14-inch display with a 1600x900 resolution, Intel Core i7 4702HQ processor, 8GB of DDR3L-1600 memory, Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M graphics, 128GB hard drive, 1.3MP webcam, built-in stereo speakers, backlit anti-ghosting keyboard, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, Killer Wireless-N 1202 (802.11n + Bluetooth 4.0), 70Wh battery, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.</p> <p>There's also a $2,000 model with a 256GB SSD and a $2,300 SKU with a 512GB SSD. The 20 percent discount should work with any of the three configurations.</p> <p>If you're interested, you can register for your discount code on <a href="" target="_blank">Razer's website</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> blade Gaming Hardware laptop notebook OEM razer rigs students News Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:29:18 +0000 Paul Lilly 27516 at Nvidia Sweetens Shield Console with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, Price Drop to $199 Through April <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_shield_0.jpg" alt="Nvidia Shield" title="Nvidia Shield" width="228" height="215" style="float: right;" />OTA update adds new and enhanced features to Nvidia's Shield handheld</h3> <p>Owners of Nvidia's Shield console are in for a treat. On April 2, <strong>Nvidia will begin rolling out an over-the-air (OTA) update that upgrades the device's Android platform to Android 4.4.2 KitKat</strong>, though that's not the only feature upgrade. It also adds a bunch of GameStream enhancements, including some beta goodies such as notebook support, Wake on LAN, and remote login support, which will allow users to log into a locked PC remotely from Shield.</p> <p>This is really just the tip of the iceberg. Following the update, you'll be able to use a Bluetooth-enabled keyboard and mouse to play games on your big screen TV in Console Mode. While still on the topic of GameStream, Shield owners will be able to add unofficially supported games to their GameStream list from GeForce Experience, use a USB Y-cable to charge the Shileld when using Ethernet in Console Mode with a micro USB Host OTG Y cable, and manually set the bitrate, FPS, and optimal settings preference in TegraZone.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/tegra_zone_pc_games.jpg" alt="TegraZone PC Games" title="TegraZone PC Games" width="620" height="349" /></p> <p>There's a new user interface for TegraZone that's intended to help gamers have an easier time organizing and discovering games, as well as give them access to an integrated news feed for the latest Shield and TegraZone articles. To date, there are over 140 games in TegraZone</p> <p>Still on the fence? To give potential buyers a nudge, Nvidia is temporarily dropping the price of Shield to $199 from today through the end of April.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> android android 4.4.2 kitkat console Gaming Hardware mobile nvidia shield News Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:00:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 27500 at MSI's GS Series Laptops Shed the Bulk, Deliver the Gaming Goods <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/msi_gs70_stealth.jpg" alt="MSI GS70 Stealth" title="MSI GS70 Stealth" width="228" height="102" style="float: right;" />Portable gaming muscle without the bulk</h3> <p>MSI just took a steamroller to its gaming laptop division and the result is a new series of notebooks that pack a punch in a small frame. In fact, <strong>we'd forgive MSI if it decided to call its new laptops the Bruce Lee line, though instead it with "GS Series,"</strong> which consists of a pair of 15.6-inch GS60 Ghost laptops and a 17.3-inch GS70 Stealth notebook, all equipped with gaming hardware and each one less than an inch thick.</p> <p>"The GS60 Ghost and GS70 Stealth answers portable gaming prayers by packing smoking speeds and deadly graphics into featherlike notebooks," said Andy Tung, CEO for MSI Pan America." Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 800M Series graphics gives the GS Series incredible graphics processing ability, translating into an ultra-realistic and immersive gaming experience."</p> <p>Marketing hyberbole aside, these are some impressive looking laptops. There are three models available, starting with the GS60 Ghost-007. It rings in at $1,700 MSRP and includes a 15.6-inch Full HD 1080p display, Intel Core i7 4700HQ processor, 12GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics, 128GB mSATA SSD, 750GB hard drive (7200 RPM), SD card reader, Killer Gaming Network LAN, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Dynaudio Tech speakers (2.1 sound), three USB 3.0 ports, mini DisplayPort, HDMI output, 720 HD webcam, SteelSeries full-color backlit keyboard, 6-cell battery, and Windows 8.1. It measures 15.35 inches (W) by 10.47 inches (D) by 0.78 inches (H) and weighs 4.32 pounds.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/msi_gs70_closed.jpg" alt="MSI GS70 Stealth Closed" title="MSI GS70 Stealth Closed" width="513" height="84" /></p> <p>For $100 more, the GS60 Ghost-003 upgrades the RAM to 16GB and bumps up the hard drive to 1TB. Those are the same upgrades included in the GS70 Stealth Pro-024 at the $1,900 price point, plus a 17.3-inch Full HD non-reflective display and Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M graphics. This one measures 16.47 inches (W) by 11.29 inches (D) by 0.85 inches (H) an weighs 5.37 pounds.</p> <p>All three configurations utilize a dual-fan thermal cooling solution to keep things cool and quiet. They also come with gold-flashed audio ports, 4K display support, and an aggressive design.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Gaming gs60 ghost gs70 stealth Hardware laptop msi notebook OEM rigs News Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:30:31 +0000 Paul Lilly 27498 at Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 Unveiled at GDC <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/camera_dk2.jpg" alt="Oculus dev kit 2" title="Oculus dev kit 2" width="200" height="133" style="float: right;" />The kit will cost $350</h3> <p>The <strong>Oculus VR development team has announced at GDC the Rift Development Kit 2</strong>. The upgraded device implements features from the <a title="MPC Crystal Cove" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Crystal Cove prototype</span></a>, which was unveiled at CES this year, such as the low persistence OLED display rather than the original’s LED display.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to the development team, the low persistence OLED display for the DK2 eliminates motion blur and judder, two factors that attributes for simulator sickness when using virtual reality technology. The resolution is 960x1080 per eye with a 100-degree field of vision. There is also a built-in latency tester that will provide real-time, microsecond precision measurements to help optimize the VR experience.&nbsp;</p> <p>The DK2 features out-of-the-box engine integration for Unity 4, Unreal Engine 4, and the Unreal Development Kit as well. In addition, an external infrared camera is included for positional tracking. &nbsp;As for the external control box, that has been done away with and the DK2 can be connected directly to the PC via USB and HDMI.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 can be pre-ordered now for $350 and will be shipped in July.</p> <p><span style="font-style: italic;">Follow Sean on&nbsp;</span><a style="font-style: italic;" title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a><span style="font-style: italic;">, </span><a style="font-style: italic;" title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a><span style="font-style: italic;">, and </span><a style="font-style: italic;" title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></p> <p><iframe src="//" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Crystal Cove Gaming Gaming Hardware Hardware oculus rift oculus vr virtual reality vr Gaming News Wed, 19 Mar 2014 23:47:55 +0000 Sean D Knight 27472 at Microsoft Pulls Plug on $99 Xbox 360 Subscription Scheme <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Xbox 360 " title="Xbox 360 " width="228" height="199" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Deal was exclusive to North America</h3> <p>In 2012, taking a leaf out of the mobile phone carriers’ book, Microsoft began offering <strong>a 4GB Xbox 360 console, a Kinect motion sensing camera and an Xbox LIVE Gold membership for just $99</strong> to those willing to commit themselves to a <a href="" target="_blank">$15-per-month two-year contract</a>. The company, it has now emerged, quietly pulled the plug on that experiment a while back.</p> <p>The news was confirmed by a Microsoft spokesperson in an interview given to the venerable Wall Street Journal. He told the paper that the company had <a href="">scrubbed the subscription-based purchase option late last year</a>.</p> <p>Exclusive to North America, the subscription-based pricing model apparently failed to tug on the consumers’ purse strings as persuasively as Microsoft had initially thought. This should also explain why Microsoft hasn’t adopted a similar model for the Xbox One, despite the fact that there were persistent rumors to this effect in the lead up to eighth-gen console’s launch last year.</p> <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: #ffffff; color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 21px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">Follow Pulkit on&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;" href="">Google+</a></em></p> Consoles Gaming hardware subscription microsoft Subsidy Xbox 360 News Sun, 16 Mar 2014 23:11:14 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 27452 at Gigabyte Releases Several Gaming Laptops with Nvidia GTX 800M Series Graphics <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gigabyte_p27.jpg" alt="Gigabyte P27 v2" title="Gigabye P27 v2" width="228" height="185" style="float: right;" />A gaggle of gaming laptops by Gigabyte</h3> <p>Nvidia paved the way for new gaming laptop releases earlier this week when it introduced its new <a href="">GeForce GTX 800M Series</a> of mobile GPUs, and sure enough, we've been bombarded with announcements coming in every which direction. One of the companies getting in on the action is <strong>Gigabyte, which today announced an array of gaming laptops built with Nvidia's latest 800M GPUs</strong>.</p> <p>For the crowd that prefers a slim and light laptop, Gigabyte now offers its 14-inch P34G and 15-inch P35W. The smaller of the two wields a GeForce GTX 860M GPU with 4GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory. At just 21mm and 1.67kg, Gigabyte claims the P34G is 27 percent thinner and 15 percent ligther than the class average. Look for it to ship in late March.</p> <p>As for the slightly bigger P35W, it features a GeForce GTX 870M CPU with 6GB of GDDR5 memory. It also features quad-storage and a hot-swappable HDD/ODD slot. You can fill the slots with up to two 512GB mSATA SSDs and two 1TB HDDs. This one will also be available in late March.</p> <p>Another 15-inch model is the P15F. It has a GTX 850M GPU and 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processor options. Other features include dual-storage slots with rapid SSD support and Sound Blaster Cinema technology. This one will ship in mid-April.</p> <p>Moving along, the P27G v2 is a 17-inch laptop with a Core i7 quad-core processor, GTX 860M GPU, up to 24GB of RAM, tri-storage slots with RAID 0 support, and a 1080p resolution. The P27G v2 will ship in mid-April as well.</p> <p>Finally, Gigabyte announced the P25X v2, a premium laptop equipped with Nvidia's flagship GeForce GTX 880M GPU with 8GB of GDDR5 memory. It has three storage slots with RAID 0 support, a Full HD IPS display, backlit gaming keyboard, a subwoofer, and a Blu-ray writer. It will ship in mid-April.</p> <p>No word yet on prices. In the meantime, check out our photo gallery of the upcoming laptops below.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Gaming gigabyte gtx 800m Hardware laptop notebook nvidia News Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:08:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 27445 at Hey Look, PC Gaming Alliance Forums are Now Live <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/pcga_forums.jpg" alt="PCGA Forums" title="PCGA Forums" width="228" height="187" style="float: right;" />Another online hangout for gamers</h3> <p>It can be difficult to establish yourself in online communities that already exist, and if you've always dreamed of being part of one from the very beginning, here's your chance. <strong>We just received an email from the PC Gaming Alliance letting us know that the non-profit organization has flipped the switch on its new forums</strong>. In addition to being one of the first members of what's surely to be a growing community, you might also want to pop in from time to time to share your thoughts on PC gaming and what the PCGA is up to.</p> <p>The PCGA was founded with the intent of providing an open forum where companies can cooperate to develop and promote solutions in the best interest of PC gaming. It gives PC gamers a collective voice and is made of up of members that include Dell, Corsair, Intel, AMD, Epic, Capcom, Razer, GameStop, Digital River, Arxan, Logitech, PyxelArts, Qualcomm, and the EMA.</p> <p>In regards to the web forum, topics are wide open,</p> <p>"In the PCGA forums you can talk about everything from different games, to hardware and software, to the politics and business tha go into the industry," PCGA explains.</p> <p>It's a pretty clean layout at present, with <a href="" target="_blank">nine sub-forums</a> spread out over four categories. That said, we'd be remiss not to mention that <a href="">Maximum PC has its own forums</a> as well, and so does our sister gaming site, <a href="" target="_blank">PC Gamer</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> forums Gaming online PC Gaming Alliance pcga News Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:08:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 27442 at Nvidia Envisions Longer Lasting Gaming Laptops with 800M Series GPUs <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/geforce_gtx_880m.jpg" alt="GeForce GTX 880M" title="GeForce GTX 880M" width="228" height="137" style="float: right;" />A top to bottom GPU refresh</h3> <p><strong>Nvidia today splashed the mobile market with more than half a dozen new GPUs</strong> comprising the company's GeForce GTX 800M Series. This is a top to bottom release, meaning the new GPUs range from entry-level (GeForce 830M) all the way up to what Nvidia claims is the fastest mobile graphics chip in the world, the GeForce GTX 880M. The new releases join Nvidia's already available 820M GPU.</p> <p>According to Nvidia, the new GPUs are 30 percent, 40 percent, and even 60 percent (in some cases) faster than its previous generation of mobile GPUs, and none more burly than the 880M. Nvidia's flagship part is based on Kepler (not Maxwell) and features 1,536 CUDA cores and 128 TMUs. It has a core clockspeed of 954MHz and supports up to 4GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 5,000MHz (effective) on a 256-bit memory bus.</p> <p>This release isn't solely focused on speed, however, as Nvidia points out that its Battery Boost technology is one of several new feature additions. This one in particular is supposed to be able to deliver up to twice the gaming battery life when enabled.</p> <p>"Here’s how it works: instead of your notebook pushing every component to its max, Battery Boost targets a user defined frame rate, such as 30 FPS. The driver level governor takes over from there, and operates all your system components, including CPU, GPU, and memory at peak efficiency, while maintaining a smooth, playable experience," Nvidia explains in a <a href="" target="_blank">blog post</a>.</p> <p>More details on the GeForce 830M, 840M, GTX 850M, GTX 860M, GTX 870M, and GTX 880M are available on <a href="" target="_blank">Nvidia's website</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 800m Gaming geforce gpu graphics Hardware laptops mobile notebooks nvidia News Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:56:06 +0000 Paul Lilly 27426 at MSI Announces GT Dominator and GE Apache Gaming Laptops <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/msi_gt_dominator.jpg" alt="MSI GT Dominator" title="MSI GT Dominator" width="228" height="149" style="float: right;" />A pair of gaming laptops wielding Nvidia GeForce 800M series GPUs</h3> <p>It never takes long for system builders to release products based around new hardware releases, and with Nvidia having just launched its GTX 800M series of GPUs, you can expect to see a handful of new gaming laptops over the next several days. To kick things off, <strong>MSI today unveiled a pair of well-equipped gaming laptops</strong> configured with Nvidia's latest silicon. They include the 16-inch GE Apache and 17-inch GT Dominator.</p> <p>The GE Apache comes configured with either a GeForce GTX 850M or 860M GPU, while the larger GT Dominator offers GTX 870M and 880M GPU options. Both systems feature Intel Core i7 Haswell hardware inside, along with Killer LAN networking, SteelSeries backlit keyboard, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Super RAID 2 technology (allows users to combine three mSATA SSDs for read speeds of up to 1,500MB/s), and more.</p> <p>MSI's new gaming laptops also incorporate XSplit Gamecaster, a software solution that automatically detects the best streaming settings for the notebook and ISP. XSplit Gamecaster allows gamers to add, resize, and position a webcam feed, draw on screen, and modify videos.</p> <p>The GT Dominator and GE Apache are available starting at $1,500 and $1,300, respectively.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Gaming ge apache gt dominator gtx 800m Hardware laptops mobile msi notebooks nvidia OEM rigs News Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:23:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 27425 at Zotac Builds an E-Series Zbox Mini PC for Gamers <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/zbox_e1750_plus.jpg" alt="Zbox E1750 Plus" title="Zbox E1750 Plus" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" />A tiny PC with Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics</h3> <p>One thing Zotac says it always wanted to do was to offer a pint-sized PC capable of playing games. Little things always got in the way of that -- you know, things like performance and heat dissipation. In that way, Intel's Haswell architecture and integrated <a href="">Iris Pro 5200 graphics</a> are quite literally game changers. Using those parts, <strong>Zotac entered CeBIT 2014 wielding a pair of new Zbox E-Series mini PCs designed for gamers</strong>.</p> <p>The first is the Zbox E1730. It comes with an Intel Core i5 4570R quad-core processor (2.7GHz to 3.2GHz, 4MB L2 cache) featuring Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics, two DDR3L SO-DIMM slots supporting up to 16GB of DDR3-1600 memory, a single 2.5-inch drive bay, 128MB eDRAM for video memory, 4-in-1 memory card reader, SATA 6Gbps and mSATA 6Gbps ports (one each), two DisplayPorts and DVI-O ports, two GbE LAN ports, onboard 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, four USB 3.0 ports, and onboard audio.</p> <p>Zotac's other E-Series Zbox is the E1750. It's configured the same as the E1730 except that it has an Intel Core i7 4770R quad-core processor that runs a bit faster at 3.2GHz to 3.9GHz, and contains more L2 cache (6MB). Both models are also available in "Plus" configurations, which come pre-populated with 8GB of DDR3 memory and a 1TB hard drive (5400 RPM). In our experience, Zbox machines are much better served with a solid state drive as opposed to a slow spinning hard drive.</p> <p>"Intel’s latest Haswell architecture with quad-cores and Iris Pro 5200 graphics hits that sweet spot we need to fit in a Zbox chassis," <a href="" target="_blank">said Carsten Berger</a>, senior director, Zotac International. "The new Zbox E-series will deliver a smooth medium quality gaming experience and be perfect for LAN party-goers and gamers that want a compact gaming system."</p> <p>Zotac also rolled out a palm-sized Zbox Nano AQ02 for general computing chores. This tiny PC comes with an AMD A8-5545M quad-core APU (1.7GHz to 2.7GHz, 4MB L2 cache), a single DDR3 SO-DIMM slot, AMD Radeon HD 8510G graphics, 7-in-1 memory card reader, DisplayPort, HDMI, a single 2.5-inch SATA 6Gbps drive bay, eSATA, GbE LAN, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and onboard audio. The Plus version comes with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 500GB HDD (5400 RPM).</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> e-series Gaming Hardware mini pc OEM rigs zbox zotac News Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:35:20 +0000 Paul Lilly 27415 at