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ASUS announces VR-ready small form factor PC

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

CES 2017 - ASUS's new VivoPC X melds VR gaming horsepower with the minute footprint of a small form factor PC.




The VivoPC X is lightweight and clocks in at just below five pounds, but although its small, it has some pretty decent specs: the $799 SFF PC houses a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 video card (VRAM unknown at this time) alongside a seventh generation Intel i5 Kaby Lake CPU, 8GB of system RAM, and a 512GB SSD for storage. Two HDMI ports, four USB 3.1 ports and two USB 2.0 ports ensure plenty of space for VR peripherals and input.


The ASUS VivoPC X SFF PC can also be used for traditional gaming, of course; the small chassis features two HDMI ports and a single DisplayPort for NVIDIA G-Sync supported displays. Although the VivoPC X uses an GeForce GTX 1060 built on NVIDIA's new 16nm Pascal graphics architecture, there's still some worries about heat, especially with performance-driven VR games.

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Acer reveals new Aspire V Nitro gaming notebooks

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

CES 2017 - To compliment its insane $9000 21-inch dual GTX 1080 Predator 21 X notebook, Acer has rolled out two more budget-friendly gaming laptops equipped with NVIDIA GTX 10-series video cards and Intel 7th-gen Kaby Lake processors: the Aspire V Nitro and Aspire VX 15.





The Acer Aspire V Nitro gaming notebooks come in two flavors: the Aspire V Nitro 15, which sports a 15.6-inch IPS display, and the Aspire V Nitro 17, which rocks a 17.3-inch IPS panel. Both models can be upgraded to 4K displays as well. The Aspire V Nitro 17 can also be upgraded to include Tobii eye-tracking technology.


As far as specs go, Acer allows buyers to customize their build to meet certain needs and price points, with hardware specs rocking up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM, an Intel 7th generation Kaby Lake i7-7700HQ CPU, 16GB of dual-channel DDR4 system memory, 512GB PCIe Gen 3 at 8Gbps and 512GB NVMe at 6Gbps SSD storage, and 2TB 2.5-inch 5400 RPM HDD storage options.

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Acer's new Apsire GX gaming desktop sports Kaby Lake

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

CES 2017 - Acer has announced its new Aspire GX desktop PC aimed at both mainstream and performance gamers.




The Acer Aspire GX desktop can be tailor-made in various flexible price-per-performance configurations to meet the needs of various consumers, offering builds with specs up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, Intel i7 Kaby Lake CPU, 64GB of dual-channel DDR4-2400 RAM, and 3TB HDD storage with a 256GB SSD.


The Aspire GX starts at just $899, but a quick look at the spec sheet below shows the graphics options go as low as a GeForce GTX 745 video card, so don't expect to get a lot of bang for your buck at the starting price. The desktop will launch in North America in March 2017.

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HyperX reveals Alloy RGB keyboard and Pulsefire mouse

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

CES 2017 - HyperX today announced a trio of new peripherals will join its performance gaming lineup: the flavorful Alloy RGB and Alloy FPS mechanical keyboards, and the Pulsefire gaming mouse.




HyperX's new Alloy gaming keyboards come in two flavors: the scintillating Alloy RGB which rocks 16 million LED color combos, media keys, and dynamic color profiles, and the Alloy FPS, which trades the current Alloy's Blue switches for either Cherry MX Brown or Red switches for a more responsive tactile feel. The Alloy FPS will cost around $100, but HyperX has yet to reveal pricing on the Alloy RGB.


The HyperX Pulsefire gaming mouse is relatively accessible at just $50, and rocks four flexible DPI preset settings including 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 DPI that can be adjusted on-the-fly via the DPI switch below the mouse wheel.

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Windows 10 Game Mode limited to Windows Store PC games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

In a very Microsoft kind of move, it appears Windows 10's new Game Mode feature will only work with PC games tied to Windows 10's UWP ecosystem.




Windows Central seems to have confirmed my initial prediction: Windows 10's upcoming Game Mode feature--which allocates system resources on an OS and hardware level and optimizes them specifically for gaming, thereby boosting game performance--will only work with UWP-enabled PC games. This means only PC games purchased on the Windows Store can leverage the benefits of Windows 10 Game Mode, so everyone's entire library of Steam games may not work.


"Previously, we were unable to ascertain whether Game Mode would be a feature restricted to games built for the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), but it does appear that this could be the case. Our information states that games developed for the Windows 10, Xbox One, and Project Scorpio ecosystem specifically need to be "Game Mode enabled" Universal Windows Apps (UWA)," reads Windows Central's report.

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Project Scorpio to leverage Windows 10 Game Mode tech

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Microsoft's new "beastly" high-end 4K-ready Project Scorpio console may leverage a new Windows 10 Game Mode feature that allocates system resources specifically for gaming.



Earlier we reported on Windows 10's new Game Mode functionality, which essentially flips a switch to optimize key OS resources, CPU and GPU hardware for gaming experiences. Now Windows Central is reporting that Microsoft's Xbox ecosystem and it's new enthusiast-grade Project Scorpio will benefit from Game Mode as well.


This isn't really a surprise considering the Xbox One, Xbox One S and Project Scorpio are now running Windows 10 via a new custom OneCore OS, with the systems being tethered to Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform (UWP) ecosystem. This means that all UWP apps can be used across the full ecosystem, and the Xbox consoles are now compatible with specific UWP apps and programs.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda release date leaked

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Mass Effect: Andromeda will release on March 31, 2017 on all platforms, according to Microsoft's Xbox LIVE Rewards page.




If you've paid attention to our Andromeda coverage, this release date won't be a surprise; we originally reported the game would launch in March 2017. This might be a slip-up on Microsoft's part, but March 31 is usually a placeholder. However this lines up with BioWare's "Spring 2017" launch window, and underlines our previous reports as well.



Although BioWare has showcased Andromeda running in 4K 30FPS on a PS4 Pro, the devs are optimizing the game to leverage high-end enthusiast PCs as well; the game won't have an FPS cap on PC, and will likely tap NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series GPUs for extra performance and features. It will also support UltraWide 21:9 resolution on release.

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ROCCAT reveals new gaming hardware lineup at CES 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

CES 2017 - Peripheral manufacturer ROCCAT today revealed its new fleet of gaming mice and keyboards in Las Vegas, all of which are enhanced with the company's new Owl-Eye and ForceFX sensors.




First off let's take a look at ROCCAT's new keyboard, the Isku+ ForceFX. This particular model is an enhanced version of the Isku RGB keyboard outfitted with ROCCAT's new ForceFX tech that blurs the line between mechanical and membrane switches. The Isku+ Force FX features "pressure-sensitive QWEASD keys which can be configured in three different modes" for optimum use.




Now let's take a look at ROCCAT's new gaming mice. The trio of performance RGB mice, the wireless Leadr, Kone EMP, and Kone Pure 2017, rock ROCCAT's new Owl-Eye sensor tech that enables insane sensitvity up to 12,000 DPI.

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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 835 - the first 10nm SoC

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

CES 2017 - Qualcomm has officially introduced their Snapdragon 835 processor with X16 LTE. Back in November, we reported that the Snapdragon 835 is the first 10nm SoC and we also put an end to the speculations that Qualcomm's next chip will be named Snapdragon 830.




As of today, the Snapdragon 835 is officially out and we, as the phone manufacturers, have high expectations from the Qualcomm's latest processor. The Snapdragon 835 features a new Kryo 820 CPU with four high-performance cores running at 2.45GHz and four efficiency low-power cores running at 1.9GHz. These are backed by dual channel LPDDR4x memory at 1866MHz.


The Snapdragon 835 also has a new Adreno 540 GPU with support for DX12, Vulkan, OpenCL 2.0 and OpenGL ES 3.2. Qualcomm also upgraded the DSP inside of the Snapdragon 835 by including the Hexagon 682, a machine learning-focused upgrade to the Hexagon 680 in the Snapdragon 820.

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Samsung's new smart fridge rocks a 21.5-inch screen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

CES 2017 - Samsung has a full frontal assault for your kitchen at CES this year, and while it has dabbled in Wi-Fi-connected smart fridges before, it is launching 6 new ones in 2017 - bringing Samsung up to a total of 10 smart fridges.




This includes a new three-door, four-door, and a four-door "flex" model that has dual freezers. Samsung has updated the fridge's OS to Family Hub 2.0, which provides your family with a new UI, allowing everyone to have a profile - and even lets you set individual avatars, just cause.


There's a massive 21.5-inch LED touchscreen built into the front of it, where you can play around with photos, calendars, and even leave handwritten memos. Tizen is the OS powering the fridge, which takes pictures of the contents of your fridge every time you open the door - letting you know when you need to buy more "Groceries by MasterCard".

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