Wow, has it been nine years already? Happily (or sadly, to some of my critics), this isn't another article bidding Maximum PC readers a fond farewell—we've had too many of those over the past several years. Instead, it's a "thank you" note to those of you who've stuck around to justify my continued presence, a re-introduction for newer readers and anyone else who missed my first one eight years ago this month, a reflection on my time at Maximum PC and technology in general since contributing my first articles to the magazine nine years ago (reviews of the Wolfking Timber Wolf and Ideazon Merc keyboards), and commentary on where I think things are headed.
Most case mods involve flashy lights, obvious branding, and a shtick of some sort. Brendon Serack's unnamed build is all about clean lines, clean componenets, and clean cable management. It may not be a toaster, but it's still a stunning rig that's more than worthy of being this month's Rig of the Month.
So, you've decided to build a website but don't know where to start, is that it? You're not alone. This is the Internet era, after all, and there are countless reasons why you might want a website of your own. It could be something as simple as an online photo album to share with family and friends, or a blog for your ramblings on whichever topics tickle your fancy. Or maybe your needs are more professional in nature and you're looking at constructing an e-commerce site to sell your one-of-a-kind thingamajigs.
GTA V finally launched for the PC yesterday. Given that GTA IV was a resource hog of a port coupled with Rockstar's numerous delays of the PC version, we thought we would run the game through its paces using the beefiest rig we had in the Lab. We opted for Origin PC’s new Millenimum Genesis PC, which is equipped with not one or two GeForce Titan Xs, but three of those water-cooled bad boys in SLI. The system also has Intel’s 4960X CPU. Suffice it to say that, on paper, it’s a beast of a machine (Look for the full review of the rig soon).
Cheap cases. They’re not as scary as the phrase implies, even though we acknowledge that the lower end of the case spectrum can deliver some real clunkers. Thankfully, none of the cases in our roundup this month fit that profile. In fact, we’re seeing a number of features previously reserved for pricier cases start to grace more inexpensive models.
According to Merriam-Webster, virtual reality is: “an artificial world that consists of images and sounds created by a computer and that is affected by the actions of a person who is experiencing it.” We like to think of it in simpler terms and define virtual reality as: any immersive experience that evokes presence; that is, the “state or fact of existing, occurring, or being present in a place or thing.” Unfortunately, virtual reality has a checkered past with products of all types claiming to provide a VR experience that ultimately fell far short. Thanks to modern technology, VR may very well be feasible within the next few years, and products like the Oculus Rift, Project Morpheus, and the HTC Vive may be just what VR has needed. There’s an entire history of virtual reality outside of video games, but to keep things manageable we’ll focus just on VR as it pertains to immersive video games.
The tech may be new, but it hasn't helped us very much
Technology certainly has made our lives better in many capacities. Near limitless knowledge and entertainment are at our very fingertips; that said, however, technology has also made our lives worse in a lot of ways.
Prefer the Red Team over the Green Team? We’ve got your back
There was a time when a dozen different companies were selling video cards and vying for your hard-earned cash. But, at least when it comes to gaming, the field has narrowed to just two: Nvidia and AMD. If you’re just doing spreadsheets, surfing the web, and playing the occasional Flash game, you’ll be fine with integrated graphics. But if you spend a lot of time shooting, racing, and flying, a dedicated graphics card is the way to go.
Doing a little GPU shopping? We know what to put on your list
When you’re trying to figure out the next PC upgrade you should buy, there are at least two ways to go about it. Some people like going through lots of pages of benchmarks, analysis, galleries of the component in various states of disassembly, forum debate, and pictures of fluffy kittens. And that’s great, when you have the time. But not everyone does. For people who want a quicker breakdown of choices like which Nvidia video card you should buy, we can condense that into just a couple of pages. We’ll give you a quick tour through the various choices that you have at different price points, and what the pros and cons are at each stage. Then we’ll select an overall winner.
These days, keyboards are a dime a dozen. There are scads of options from scads of companies. So, how does one distinguish the good ones from the bad? Unfortunately, much of what makes a keyboard good or bad is a matter of personal preference; a plank that works well for someone else won't necessarily get your typing juices flowing.
Enter the Bastron glass keyboard, a keyboard that actually doesn't have any keys at all. The entire typing surface is a single pane of glass, with touch-sensitive points in place of actual key caps. The glass is completely transparent, which is definitely a conversation starter, and the frame is made from aluminum, but only ships in one color: gold.