Deputy Editor Gordon Ung gives you a tour around this year's benchmark-busting beast
Every year we set out to build the most kick-ass PC, where money is no object and performance rules the roost. This year's $16,000+ Dream Machine is no different. It's by far the most powerful PC we've ever built--shoot, it even cracked into 3DMark 11's esteemed Hall of Fame leaderboard!
The whole might be greater than the sum of its parts, but the parts are pretty damned impressive, as you will see in these behind-the-scenes videos of all the Dream Machine's components, with your host Deputy Editor Gordon Mah Ung!
Dream Machine 2013 pays homage to the PC's early days while being uncompromisingly cutting-edge at over $16,000
There’s an old saying that we stand on the shoulders of our predecessors, because without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Sure, sometimes you may want to throw the CPU out with the liquid-cooling water, and shrink everything into a proprietary PC shaped like a garbage can, but that pays absolutely no respect to our past.
Rather than pretend to be with the cool kids in some chic, brushed-aluminum chassis, or lie our asses off that a 2-watt CPU/GPU is something to crow about, this year’s Dream Machine is an audacious tribute to all that has gone before it.
Horror gaming on any platform is addictive once you've endured your first fright. You always come back for more. You become a slave to the adrenaline rush, or if you're like us, the macabre visuals and otherworldly ambiance. But it's tough to weed out what's worth your time from the Slenders and the Flash abominations out there.
192GB of RAM in a system, Bay Trail, and Haswell-E—Oh my!
We’ll admit it, it was damned hard to find desktop and enthusiast-related hardware at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum 2013. We almost wondered if the old desktop PC was like the Intel’s crazy aunt living in the basement. Fortunately, the desktop PC and PC enthusiasm was alive at well at IDF—if you looked hard enough.
Click through our photo gallery for the most important PC news from IDF and—gasp!—proof that Haswell-E on desktop lives!
We’ve always said that building on a budget takes far more skill and savvy than building without financial constraints. Every single component choice has to be carefully weighed for its potential benefits and drawbacks. As if that weren’t enough, budget builders have to decide between three prospective platforms: Intel’s LGA1155, and AMD’s AM3+ and FM2. With so many permutations possible, and so much room for error, a cash-strapped builder’s got to wonder which thrifty path offers the best all-around performance. We can think of no better way to answer this important question than with a down-and-dirty DIY dust-up.
Note: This review was originally featured in the June 2013 issue of the magazine.
We had the opportunity to check out Google Fiber in Kansas City, Missouri, and can sufficiently say that it.is.fast! How fast? We took a picture of Google Fiber running a speed test below. Suffice it to say, browsing websites and watching videos felt like loading cached pages. You'll also find more images of the Google Fiber headquarters in our gallery.
25 pictures of cosplayers, booth babes, and more from PAX Prime 2013
PAX Prime, AKA the Penny-Arcade Expo that takes place in downtown Seattle, has become one of the biggest gaming expos in the world. Unlike E3, which is closed off to industry personnel, the event is completely open to the gaming public. Below are some Pax Prime 2013 pictures that include shots of the awesome booths, cosplayers, famous game designers, and more!
We don’t pay too much attention to the sub-$200 GPU market, but this month both AMD and Nvidia announced new boards at around the $150 mark that offer features previously only found on more expensive GPUs, including multi-GPU support and GPU clock boosting (for Nvidia). These new features suddenly made these budget boards very interesting, especially when dual-card setups are taken into consideration. Naturally, we pitted the new cards against one another in a Sweet-Spot showdown.
Note: This feature was originally featured in the June 2013 issue of the magazine.
Check out the latest releases to come out of Gamescom 2013
Gamescom 2013 was awash with hundreds of juicy pieces of video game news, with plenty of awe-inspiring trailers and brief gameplay clips that had us quivering with excitement for the next round of awesome games we're about to see right around the corner.