Gaming http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/178/ en 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 Microsoft Entices Last Gen Console Owners with $75 Credit to Upgrade to Xbox One http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_entices_last_gen_console_owners_75_credit_upgrade_xbox_one <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/xbox_promotion.jpg" alt="Xbox Promotion" title="Xbox Promotion" width="228" height="131" style="float: right;" />The upgrade pot just got sweetened</h3> <p>Are you clinging tight to your Xbox 360 console? Microsoft hopes to loosen your grip with an upgrade offer that it's been sending out to some last generation console owners in hopes that they'll upgrade to an Xbox One.<strong> For users who receive the message on their last generation console, they'll receive a $75 promotional code with the purchase of any Xbox One</strong> or Xbox One bundle.</p> <p>A screenshot of the promotion appears on a <a href="http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=851200" target="_blank">forum post at <em>Neogaf</em></a>. According to the text, the code can be used for games, add-ons, movies, and more.</p> <p>Microsoft's been pulling all kinds of tricks out of its sleeve to make the Xbox One a more attractive option than the PlayStation 4. Earlier in the year, Microsoft rolled out a Xbox One with Titanfall and Kinect bundle, and more recently, the Redmond outfit has begun offering just the console itself (no Kinect sensor) for $399.</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/microsoft_entices_last_gen_console_owners_75_credit_upgrade_xbox_one#comments console Gaming Hardware microsoft Xbox 360 xbox one News Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:06:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 28129 at http://www.maximumpc.com CyberPowerPC's Custom SFF Configurator Lets You Customize a Mini ITX Gaming Rig http://www.maximumpc.com/cyberpowerpcs_custom_sff_configurator_lets_you_customize_mini_itx_gaming_rig_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/cyberpowerpc_sff.jpg" alt="CyberPowerPC SFF" title="CyberPowerPC SFF" width="228" height="205" style="float: right;" />Configure a custom mini ITX system with a full size videocard</h3> <p>It's often said that big things come in small packages, and to prove it, <strong>CyberPowerPC is encouraging consumers to try out its new custom SFF Configurator</strong>. This allows customers to choose from what CyberPowerPC claims is a "carefully selected menu of high-end components" to piece together the ultimate mini-ITX gaming machine. And with the back-to-school season not too far off in the future, these space saving systems would fit nicely in a dorm room.</p> <p>"As far as performance goes, the sky is the limit. The CypberPowerPCdesign and engineering teams worked hard to stuff enough processing, graphics and cooling power into these pint-sized machines to rival any full-size desktop PC," CyberPowerPC says.</p> <p>It starts with a fairly wide case selection that includes the Corsair Obsidian 250D, BitFenix Prodigy SFF, Fractal Design Node 304, and Fang Battlebox. Cost of entry is about $480 -- that gets you an Intel Core i3 4150-based system with 8GB of RAM, ASRock B85M-ITX motherboard, 1TB hard drive, DVD burner, 350W power supply, keyboard, and mouse (OS is extra). Like all of CyberPowerPC's mini-ITX systems, almost everything is configurable.</p> <p>If you want to see for yourself, head over to <a href="http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/" target="_blank">CyberPowerPC's website</a> and hit the "SFF Configurator" option on the left-hand side (under the "What's Hot" section).</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_custom_sff_configurator_lets_you_customize_mini_itx_gaming_rig_2014#comments cyberpowerpc Gaming Hardware mini itx OEM pre-built rigs sff Small Form Factor News Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:25:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28105 at http://www.maximumpc.com Gigabyte Adds Gaming Mini PC to BRIX Family http://www.maximumpc.com/gigabyte_adds_gaming_mini_pc_brix_family311 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/brix-gaming.jpg" alt="Gigabyte Brix Gaming Mini PC" title="Gigabyte Brix Gaming " width="228" height="141" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Small yet powerful</h3> <p>A new member is all set to join the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/gigabyte_throws_small_and_sleek_brix_mini_pc_waters2013" target="_blank">BRIX DIY mini PC range Gigabyte debuted last year</a>. Available in green and black, the new <strong>“BIX Gaming” PC kit combines a 4th generation Intel Core i5/i7 processor with a dedicated Nvidia graphics card</strong> to deliver what the company claims is a “miniature gaming powerhouse.”</p> <p>Initially, the <a href="http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5096#ov" target="_blank">BRIX Gaming small form factor (SFF) PC kit</a> will initially be only available with an Intel Core i5 4200H (2800 - 3400 MHz) processor, with a Core i7 variant following in August. However, based on the press release, it appears the Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 GPU (with 3GB/6GB GDDR5 VRAM) will be common to both Core i5 and Core i7 SKUs. Further, the BRIX Gaming PC will come with four USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet port, one Mini DisplayPort, Mini-HDMI port, and a Mini PCIe module with IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and the latest Bluetooth 4.0. A power adapter and cable will also be part of the kit. </p> <p>Two things it won’t come with, though, are RAM and storage. According to the company, the kit includes two SO-DIMM DDR3L slots, one mSATA slot and one 2.5" SATA HDD slot.</p> <p>“The GIGABYTE BRIX Gaming is the perfect showcase for Intel and Nvidia’s exceptional technologies,” said Henry Kao, VP of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “The BRIX Gaming packs a high-performance, desktop-class processor and GPU that is highly suited to processor-intensive creative applications and 3D gaming titles. It is a great example of the type of innovation GIGABYTE is delivering for the desktop PC space."</p> <p>There’s no word on pricing and availability yet.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/gigabyte_adds_gaming_mini_pc_brix_family311#comments brix gaming core i5 4200h Gaming gigabyte gtx 760 intel mini pc nvidia sff News Mon, 30 Jun 2014 06:02:08 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28088 at http://www.maximumpc.com Razer's Planning a Micro Console Powered by Android TV for Fall Release http://www.maximumpc.com/razers_planning_micro_console_powered_android_tv_fall_release_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/razer_micro_console.jpg" alt="Razer Micro Console" title="Razer Micro Console" width="228" height="118" style="float: right;" />A little box with big ambitions</h3> <p>One of the (many) things Google announced during its opening keynote yesterday at its I/O developer event was Android TV, which is somewhat of an evolution of Google TV. This time around, however, there will be a much bigger focus on gaming, so it's no surprise that Razer already has something up its sleeve. That something is a <strong>micro console that Razer plans to release in the fall</strong>.</p> <p>Razer's micro console will be built around Android TV and be able to stream movies, music, and other apps for large-screen entertainment. However, the emphasis will be on gaming. While details are super light at the moment, Razer says its experience in building high-performance gaming systems, peripherals, and software will benefit the micro console's development.</p> <p>"This is a console of the future," <a href="http://www.razerzone.com/press/detail/press-releases/razer-developing-new-micro-console-to-connect-android-entertainment-in-the-living-room" target="_blank">says Min-Liang Tan</a>, Razer co-founder and CEO. "Built on Google’s incredible Android TV platform, the Razer micro-console incorporates not only hardcore and casual gaming, but music, movies and other entertainment and social applications, all on an affordable system."</p> <p>Razer didn't say how much it intends to charge for its upcoming micro console.</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/razers_planning_micro_console_powered_android_tv_fall_release_2014#comments android tv Gaming Google Hardware micro console razer News Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:55:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 28078 at http://www.maximumpc.com