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2:00 PM on 03.05.2015

Steam now lists Steam Machines and other hardware

In its push to expand the "Steam universe," Valve has added store listings for Steam Machines as well as the finalized Steam Controller and also Steam Link, a PC-to-TV streaming device. All of this stuff will become available...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 03.03.2015

Contest: Win a set of BassPULSE speakers!

[Update: Contest over! Winner is Morty.] Our friends at Accessory Power have just shipped us a set of awesome GOgroove BassPULSE speakers to give away to one lucky Dtoider! As is evident by the header, these bad boys do indee...

mrandydixon

5:15 PM on 02.21.2015

Class action lawsuit filed against NVIDIA over GTX 970 card

For those unfamiliar with the plight of the PC master race, there has been an ongoing debacle surrounding NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 970 video card. Users have been complaining that the advertised performance hasn't been up to snuf...

Robert Summa

8:00 PM on 02.02.2015

PSA: Enjoy $10 off some awesome speakers courtesy of Dtoid

Destructoid has partnered with our friends at Accessory Power to offer a $10 off coupon for the GOgroove BassPULSE speakers! Now through Thursday, just click this link and enter the code DTOIDRBP at checkout and violà! You just saved yourself $10. As I mentioned, this deal only runs through Thursday, so grab 'em while they're red hot!

mrandydixon

6:30 PM on 01.31.2015

NVIDIA has no plans to address GTX 970 memory woes

NVIDIA continues to shit the bed concerning the controversy around its GeForce GTX 970 video card. The company claims due to a miscommunication between the engineering and the media teams, it mistakenly marketed the GTX 970 ...

Jason Faulkner

5:15 PM on 01.08.2015

Final Steam Controller design to be revealed at GDC

In an interview with GameSpot at CES 2015, Origin PC CEO Kevin Wasielewski confirmed the final version of Valve's Steam Controller will be shown to the public at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this March...

Mike Cosimano

6:00 PM on 01.05.2015

This huge laptop is as much a 'laptop' as my German shepherd is a lapdog

My dog Hook (see him here) isn't one of those big dogs who fancies himself a lapdop, for which my hairy-enough wardrobe is thankful. He is too heavy, and my lap, stomach, back, chest, shoulders are usually occupied by the cat...

Steven Hansen

5:00 PM on 12.22.2014

Contest: Win a Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB mechanical keyboard!

[Update: Contest over!] Destructoid has once again partnered with our friends at Logitech, and this time we're giving away two G910 Orion Spark RGB mechanical keyboards to lucky readers! If you've never used a mechanical keyb...

mrandydixon

12:30 PM on 11.23.2014

Review: Logitech G910 Orion Spark

In high-level competition, every little advantage counts. It is why Olympic swimmers shave their bodies before a race, why pre-med students fight tooth-and-nail for every half point on every test, and why gaming keyboards exi...

Darren Nakamura

3:00 PM on 10.17.2014

Friday Night Fights: That new PC smell

Happy Friday! I recently (read: last month) built a new PC to play games on. My old PC was just shy of eight years old and hadn't had a decent upgrade in roughly four years. Needless to say, most of the games I have been want...

ChillyBilly

12:15 PM on 10.13.2014

Test your might with the first 4K Ultra HD benchmark from 3DMark

You know that hammer carnival game where you hit the base as hard as you can to test your strength? I feel like every benchmark I try is like that. I hit it with all my might (new hardware, OS tweaks, etc.) and the damned thi...

Dale North

11:15 AM on 10.10.2014

Look at this super skinny gaming rig from PiixL, two inches thick

I've hid my gaming/media PC rig behind or under my television for years. It's much easier these days with all of the small form factor boxes available.  But I don't care how lovely they make these things; I'm still hidin...

Dale North

1:30 PM on 08.29.2014

Project CARS lists supported steering wheels

Project CARS wants you to use your existing racing gaming hardware. That's great news for this racing game enthusiast. But they really mean it: wheels, controllers, VR headsets, 4K televisions...hell, even 12K displays. You'l...

Dale North

8:00 AM on 08.14.2014

Ryse: Son of Rome on PC shows tons of detail, runs at 4K

This fall, Xbox One launch game Ryse: Son of Rome comes to the PC with some significant visual upgrades. This morning at gamescom, we met with Crytek's Brian Chambers, senior producer on Ryse, to check out the PC build for the first time. It looks goooood.

Dale North

5:00 PM on 08.11.2014

Origin is offering 4K-ready PCs for less than $4K

True story time, kids: On Friday, there was a power outage in my apartment complex and when it was restored a few hours later, my PC refused to boot. I'm hoping it's just the PSU that's blown but my suspicions are that my mot...

Alasdair Duncan

5:00 PM on 08.07.2014

MSI unveils WS60, the second lightest workstation ever

MSI has unveiled its WS60 ultralight workstation. It features a choice of 1080p or 3K resolution screen, 16GB of DDR3L ram, 128 GB SSD + 1TB hard drives, and the ability to stream 4K video via its Thunderbolt 2 connectors. It...

Brittany Vincent

12:00 PM on 08.01.2014

Here's Logitech's attempt at creating the world's fastest gaming mouse

Logitech has announced its G402 Hyperion Fury gaming mouse that claims to have taken the throne as the worlds fastest gaming mouse. The G402 can reliably track over 500 inches per second and includes Logitech's exclusive Delt...

Brittany Vincent

9:00 AM on 07.17.2014

PC gaming hardware market holds lead over consoles

The PC gaming hardware market, which consists of personal computers, upgrades, and peripherals used for gaming, is alive and booming in contrast to the general decline in the mainstream PC market. Ted Pollak, Senior Gaming An...

Brittany Vincent

8:00 PM on 07.15.2014

Origin doing razor thin gaming laptops with EVO series

And I thought people referring to Early Access games as "EA" was confusing. Origin -- the PC manufacturer -- debuting its EVO series laptop right after the end of EVO -- the fighting game tournament -- is a good one. Anyway, here's a new $2,000 laptop you should expense if you work for a wealthy company.

Steven Hansen

6:00 AM on 07.09.2014

Newegg and iBUYPOWER join forces to unveil custom configurator

iBUYPOWER and Newegg have announced that they will be joining forces to offer another venue in which you can build your very own custom PC. Using an intuitive selection system you can easily pick and choose which parts fit yo...

Brittany Vincent

4:00 PM on 06.27.2014

The Origin Millennium is one of the best gaming desktops I've ever used

In addition to testing out an Origin laptop for a few weeks, I had a similar chance to use an Origin desktop machine for a limited time, and came away extremely impressed. Gaming PCs are in it for the long haul, with the core...

Chris Carter

1:45 PM on 06.11.2014

Roccat's Sova keyboard and mouse combination aids PC couch play

This week at E3, hardware maker Roccat unveiled the Sova -- the "first fully realized modular wireless keyboard and mousepad combo." Phew! The unit allows players to game on the couch with a mouse and keyboard comfortably, mo...

Chris Carter

6:00 PM on 06.06.2014

The Origin EON17-S gaming laptop can be pricey, but overperforms

As an IT professional at heart, I always tell people to build their own PCs if at all possible. The parts are often cheaper, it's not that hard to do, and with the right amount of thrift, you can spend nearly the same amount ...

Chris Carter

6:30 PM on 06.03.2014

Contest: Win a Logitech G502 Proteus Core gaming mouse!

Our friends at Logitech have hooked us up with an awesome set of PC gaming gear to give away to one lucky Dtoider! Up for grabs is the G502 Proteus Core gaming mouse, which features 11 programmable buttons, in-game DPI adjust...

mrandydixon

1:00 AM on 05.29.2014

Nvidia's Titan Z costs more than the last car I bought

Nvidia is preparing to launch the previously announced GeForce GTX Titan Z. It costs three grand. Roughly $.50 for each of its 5,760 CUDA cores or $250 for each gig of its 12GB GDDR5 VRAM. This is not a product for normal human consumption, of course, unless you are a lunatic or think your four door sedan could use a jet engine.

Steven Hansen



Review: Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC photo
Review: Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC
by Dale North

Before I tell you why you need this DAC or any other, let me tell you what it actually is. 

Think of a Digital to Analog Converter as an external upgrade for the circuitry of your audio device's innards. Every modern audio device, from your MP3 player to your gaming PC, has a little chip in it that takes the digital sound information and changes it into something you can hear; this chip is also a DAC. But the difference is that the external DAC, the upgrade, will be geared specifically for quality conversion, whereas the built-in one from your mass market device is likely just barely doing the job.

Spending even the smallest bit on a DAC will make appreciable changes in the sound quality of any of these devices, as sound quality is only as good as its source.

In short, get a DAC, plug it in, and enjoy much improved sound and music. Hear your headphones/speakers like never before.

That's exactly what the Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC does.

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2:00 AM on 04.30.2014

Pick up select GeForce graphics card, get Watch Dogs for free on PC

Thinking about picking up a new graphics card? Nvidia your style? Starting today and continuing "for a limited time," purchase any qualifying GeForce GTX graphics card to receive a free code for Watch Dogs, redeemable via Ubi...

Brittany Vincent



Review: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate photo
Review: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate
by Dale North

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Home key attack! It feels so good to type on super responsive keys, especially for someone that spends 6-8 hours a day typing on those chicklet-style laptop keyboards. Razer's new BlackWidow Ultimate has the key action that makes it hard to go back to my work keyboards. It feels like I'm typing faster. I feel connected to the machine. 

But how is this keyboard for gaming?

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4:30 PM on 03.25.2014

Nivida announces $2,999 GeForce GTX Titan Z

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced the GeForce GTX Titan Z today at the company's GPU Technology Conference and, all right, there's no real getting around the card's sticker shock. 5,760 CUDA cores. 12GB GDDR5 VRAM. $2,999. ...

Jordan Devore



Two new Razer laptops offer power and profile at a premium photo
Two new Razer laptops offer power and profile at a premium
by Steven Hansen

Every time I see a razor blade in person I have to pick it up. Those things are dangerous and shouldn't be left lying about. Kids could put them in their mouth or pigeons could weaponize them. Maybe mobsters will smuggle them into prisons to slice their garlic.

The same thing happens when I see a Razer Blade. I try to keep tech fetishization to a minimum, but seeing a sort of pretty, svelte laptop playing Sleeping Dogs at 3200 x 1800, I can't help but be a little bit impressed. I pick up the Blade just to make sure it isn't attached to the desk it's on with secret desk innards powering it. Nope, it's a for-real laptop, lighter and thinner than what I'm writing on now and I can barely run Portal

If you can trick your work into expensing $2,000+ laptops, you should get one of these new two.

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1:00 PM on 01.17.2014

Which Steam Machine is the best one?

Steam Machine information is starting to roll out, and thanks to Steam Dev Days, even more info is coming in every day. Future Mark has put these systems by the test, rating them by their 3DMark Fire Strike scores from Window...

Chris Carter



Review: Nyrius Aries Pro Wireless HD for Laptops photo
Review: Nyrius Aries Pro Wireless HD for Laptops
by Dale North

Connecting your PC (or game console) to your television isn't necessarily difficult, but the cabling can be a bit of a hassle. The HDMI outputs on better laptops and most GPUs make it easier by sending both video and audio over one cable, but an optimal setup would still require Ethernet cabling as well. And if your PC is far away from your television, the situation gets a bit messier. 

What if you could just leave your PC in its room and send the audio and video signals wirelessly? Nyrius' Aries Pro lets you do exactly that. I spent a week with the set in my home, trying it out on console gaming, PC gaming, and a bit of web surfing. Read on for our full review

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1:15 AM on 01.09.2014

You're going to want Nvidia's G-SYNC

We've known about Nvidia’s G-Sync tech for a bit, but seeing how it performs first hand at CES today has moved the purchase of new compatible hardware up my priority list by quite a bit. Nvidia had several of the newly ...

Dale North

2:20 AM on 01.08.2014

Up close and personal with Razer's Project Christine

At CES today, Razer snuck us in to get a closer look at their newly unveiled modular PC concept, which they've codenamed Project Christine. We got to talk to them about how this odd looking tower of blocks would work, and then we got to get up close to take some pictures.  I got in trouble for touching it!

Dale North

3:45 PM on 01.06.2014

Digital Storm reveals Bolt II Steam Box hybrid PC

We're going to be seeing a whole lot of Steam Box models over the next several months, I suspect, and here's another option to be considered. Digital Storm has announced today the Bolt II gaming PC, which will sport both Stea...

Conrad Zimmerman

2:15 PM on 01.06.2014

Steam hardware survey shows Windows 7 is still king

The Steam Hardware & Software results make interesting reading whenever they are released as it gives us all an idea about what the average gaming PC is like. Maybe the most telling statistic is that Windows 7 continues t...

Alasdair Duncan

2:00 AM on 01.06.2014

Nvidia's G-SYNC kills screen tearing and stuttering

Monitor makers will be showing off their new models that support Nvidia's new G-SYNC technology here at CES this week. This tech synchronizes the monitor refresh rate with the GPU's rendering to make problems like tearing and...

Dale North



Review: D-Link DGL-5500 Gaming Router photo
Review: D-Link DGL-5500 Gaming Router
by Joshua Derocher

Having a good router is a necessity these days. Every electronic device you own connects to the internet, and many play games online and stream HD video. Your PC and consoles are beginning to rely more and more on digital copies of games, and patches for those games are growing in size. In my apartment we have several computers, iPods, iPads, phones, and game consoles, and they are all hooked up to the internet. I need a good router to keep up with demand.

I've had D-Link's newest gaming router, the DGL-5500, hooked up for a few weeks now, and I am actually surprised at well it's been working out. It might not be the best router you can buy, but it certainly won't disappoint.

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Review: Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro headphones photo
Review: Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro headphones
by Dale North

If you read this site regularly you'll know that I've reviewed a lot of headsets. A lot of gaming headsets, I should say. I'm not out to dump on any of them, but I want to start this review by saying that these Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro headphones sound better than any of the phones I've reviewed for this site.

Flat out. No question. 

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10:15 AM on 12.05.2013

Tongue and butt controllers created by Valve engineer

Here is something I have never thought while playing a game, "Gee! I wish I could use my butt to control this!" Even if it's something you have never thought of, an engineer at Valve, Ben Krasnow, put together two very inter...

Joshua Derocher