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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



Contest: Win a Logitech G502 Proteus Core gaming mouse! photo
Contest: Win a Logitech G502 Proteus Core gaming mouse!
by Mr Andy Dixon

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 adjustment, and a dual-mode, hyper-fast scroll wheel. Oh, and it lights up really awesome blue. Because you'll no doubt need something to put your mouse on, they've also thrown in two different pads to try out: the G440 solid surface pad, and the G240 soft cloth pad. What a sweet bundle! (I'm using the G502 on a G440 myself and couldn't be happier!)

To enter, just leave a comment in this thread! Limit one entry per person, and you have until this Sunday, June 8 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter. Contest is open to anyone with a US shipping address.

Good luck! And don't forget, our Huge members get automatic entry into all contests (as well as a bunch of other awesome perks). Not bad for $3 a month!

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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